Saturday, 22 November 2014

Quote

"One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision"

                                          Bertrand Russell

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Savings

I've mentioned before one of my favorite film quotes. "What'll that asshole think of next" from the mouth of the late Slim Pickens in the film Blazing Saddles.

It's a quote that, to me, springs to mind every time Jeremy Hunt opens his mouth. Every time. And today is no exception. In this pronouncement he makes it clear he's got agency staff in his sites, and the money they cost in having to pay them. Well, as someone who does agency work I'd like to make a couple of points.

1. As the Guardian article makes clear, "He will demand action to tackle the soaring cost of hospitals’ use of temporary staff – mainly nurses – who have been supplied by employment agencies to cover shifts in order to ensure wards are fully-staffed and patients receive good quality care." Well Hunt, who's ultimately responsible for the state of affairs where wards are not fully staffed? You are, in your bid to get care on the cheap. And it's going to get worse as the staff that you have demoralised simply walk away.

2. It's nice to see you admit you are prepared to compromise quality care to save money.

3. It's clear to me that Hunt doesn't like it when staff are in a position where they can demand a decent rate of pay. Agency staff can cultivate a "take it or leave it" attitude. More than once DZ has declined work because the pay on offer was inadequate. It's called the free market. Hunt's party is in favor of that isn't it? But Hunt wants staff he can treat like shit and pay peanuts.

Agencies will continue to provide staff at a market rate of pay and more people will leave the NHS for the greener grass. Hunt only has one choice. Pay up or fuck off.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Remembrance again

I've had a little criticism over that last post which I'll answer here.

Firstly Snow doesn't mention the simple act of buying a poppy. His comments are purely aimed at what he describes as the "religious dominance" of the ceremony of remembrance at the Cenotaph. If HC doesn't see that that is the case then she has to be a little imperceptive. The entire ceremony is pretty much (christian) religious, and this means that those who wish to show their respects by participating are forced to engage in this superstitious ritual whatever they may believe. A secular ceremony would exclude no-one.

DZ attended a funeral a few years ago for a man who had participated in one of the most famous actions of the second world war. The christian priest who officiated spoke for 28 minutes. 90 seconds of that was about the deceased. The rest of the time was spent pushing his religion. More than a little bit naff and grim I think. Hijacking the funeral of a good man (who I knew was not religious) to push his own agenda.

As a matter of interest HC, have you ever served in the armed forces, regular or reserve?

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Mystery object.

Congratulations Anna. you got it right. Not sure it's something you should be proud of though. It's an automatic semen collector.
On the one hand I can't say I find it very alluring. On the other hand though it's not going to demand two hours of oral sex before you get down to the main event.

Mystery object

Those who follow Dr Rant will know the answer to this. Those who don't, any guesses what this is?

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Pay

It is true that, like many other NHS employees the pay of hospital doctors has not fared well over the last few years. Pay freezes and changes in terms and conditions have eaten away at the purchasing power of doctors very significantly. The approach of the government has been to try and screw us even further, to the point where even those ineffectual dullards at the BMA have finally made some small protest.
Many doctors harbor a fond delusion that if things get too bad we can all, as individuals, desert these shores for another country, where the financial grass is greener, and the usual destinations considered are Australia and the USA.
The only thing wrong with this view is that it's wrong. A quick google search shows basic pay for Australian consultants to be pretty much the same, if not less, than those in the UK. So what of the USA. Surely we all know that American doctors are rolling in it. Think again.
In spite of everything we could in the UK be the best paid doctors in the world. Makes you think.