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  1. So the market rate for a consultant surgeon turns out to be 1500 per day. Pretty cheap considering the expertise and responsibility when compared to lawyers, bankers etc. But if you bother to do proper workforce planning, and treat your staff properly, you could have the same surgeon for 400 a day on a permanent contract. Perhaps we could pay a management consultant 1500 an hour to work out which is the better deal?
  2. http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-57936032.html Ready to let! One for the students perhaps?
  3. Work to rule would certainly kill patients, due to the handover chaos and the oncall teams being too stretched already The strikes you have seen so far are not the real deal- we've been covering all the emergency work. All-out strikes will bring a halt to elective work, and it'll soon be obvious that your sympathy is really not the key commodity here. This is Jeremy Hunt's miner's strike, but he doesn't have any coal reserves.
  4. I've been qualified for 10 years. Most of my patients are too unwell to be bothered by my bedside manner, but the ones who aren't often seem to appreciate honesty and clarity of expression. I apologise if the tone is patronising, but there are a lot of entitled people around who like the customer service in Tescos and can't really see why the NHS shouldn't be the same. It can be the same if you've got the cash- it costs 17% of GDP and the poor don't get to join in (see US). You're paying ~8% GDP for the NHS. On current evidence you'll be paying 6% by 2020, but in reality you'll never get there because the crumbling system will already have been sold off to private companies run by the Bullingdon club class of '87.
  5. I'm going to throw it out there for consideration. There are 53,000 junior doctors. The vast majority have straight A's at A-level, know how the NHS works, and desperately want to see it work better. So if you have a sudden bright idea on how to improve things, prepare yourself for the possibility that someone else has explored it already.
  6. I like it! The newly qualified doctors can compete to clear the waiting lists. The ones who cause the least deaths qualify for permanent contracts! Virgin and Circle are recruiting for managers with your sort of no-nonsense market sense, and they're paying a lot more than 65k!
  7. I don't much care. You all need to take a careful look at your position. If you and your loved ones can afford private health insurance, you're fine. If not, you're at the edge of the precipice. You have the best value health system in the developed world. By the time the Tories are finished you'll be paying more, or getting less, or both. But at least you'll have a free market and choice, right? Works OK for houses, doesn't it?
  8. Incidentally this idea of flooding the market with doctors to bring the hours down is pretty hilarious as well. I suppose we could each do one or two operations a month and practice on models so as not to get too rusty?
  9. A few points from someone on the sharp end of this: I am a junior doctor, 33 years old and I earn ~65k a year. You might think that's a lot. With a first from Cambridge, a PhD and surgical postgraduate exams, I think that's reasonable pay for doing life and death work night and day for the contracted 56 hours and the rest, and for doing cutting edge science alongside. I know what I'm worth and I'll go and earn it working for Glaxo Smithkline or Goldman Sachs if I have to. I'm certainly not going to swallow a paycut of 10k or more together with more weekend working. You're more than welcome to go looking for equivalent expertise in Eastern Europe- good luck. And incidentally I've never sworn a Hippocratic oath, and certainly not a hypocratic oath, as some of the illiterates on here would have it.
  10. The NHS pays that lady 20 times what they pay me. I'm a neurosurgical junior with responsibilities that include drilling holes in patients' heads and then looking after them afterwards. I have more letters after my name than she has non-qualifications, and what's more I suspect I have a better grasp of what leadership and teamwork within the NHS entail. There is no excuse for this woman's existence in her chosen role.
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