"Over 1,000 appointments were made in the last three weeks of July alone... (The BMA) said consultants were unable to plan operating lists because they did not know which junior doctors would be on their team."Right, so the NHS waited until the end of July to make appointments that would impact on the organisation's ability to function in the beginning of August. Does no-one look at the rotas say, oh, in June or maybe May, and say "hang on a mo, chaps, these appointment things could be a bit of a headache in August, maybe we should have a think about it now so it doesn't really fuck us up later in the year." If this happened in the private sector, then the HR Director would be "leaving the business with immediate effect".
"They also said junior doctors were missing work because of last-minute interviews."Not being funny, I do understand that people need to interview. But a good boss would look at what their sub-ordinates are doing, and how essential their work is, and maybe stop them from missing work if need be. And if they didn't turn up, then maybe I'd go with some sort of, well, disciplinary action. But I'm old fashioned. I expect people to do the job they're paid to do, not focus on a job they may be doing in the future, maybe, if they do well at interview.
Of course, the government thinks everything will be OK:
'Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Martin Marshall said: "We know that August is always a quiet month with fewer outpatient appointments and fewer operations, which is why the junior doctor rotation happens at this time every year. The numbers involved will be higher this time, but NHS trusts are used to dealing with this issue and have plans in place to make sure services run properly during August."However, somehow, the guarantees of the government ring hollow in my ears. Can't think why... oh, wait, it may be because they are a gaggle of lying, incompetent cockmonkeys who aren't capable of lacing their own shoes without getting lost in pointless deception and trying to charge you for the privilege.
Which is the point, really. It is your money, and my money, that has paid for the NHS to go and fuck up in spectacular fashion yet again. We're lazy in the UK about the NHS - we don't question why it exists and have become numb to all the problems. A cock-up in the NHS is like background noise now - a really ground breaking news story would be a success in the NHS. And why are we so blase about the continual fuck-ups? "Because the NHS is a free service".
Except, it really, really, really isn't. It is free at the (generally extremely crappy) point of service but you've already paid for the NHS through your taxes - regardless of whether you use the services or not.
People should be angry about the NHS. They should be demanding radical change, and expecting their main political parties to question whether the NHS should actually exist. But what do we have instead? A bitter apathy as the NHS lurches from catastrophe to catastrophe, backed by a deafening silence on the issue from our main political parties.