DZ has recently revalidated, almost certainly for the last time. Regular readers here will not be surprised by my lack of enthusiasm or respect for the process, which has not abated. In particular I am amused, frustrated, and offended even by the pre-occupation with the "Personal Development Plan". DZ is now well past the age at which, all but the most tenacious of doctors will have retired, but still working at a level only those other kindred spirits with two avaricious ex wives could understand. My PDP revolves solely around retirement before death. The only "development" that might prick up his interest is possibly one of these.
But then, that might lead him back again down the very path that got him to his present predicament.
There is no shortage of work though. The long standing chronic shortage of Consultants has now been massively exacerbated by the total clusterfuck over pension contribution taxation, which has caused seniors to drop extra work, and even take early retirement. DZ is turning down over 70% of work offered and still working up to 60 hours a week. A bit like the old days of being a "junior doctor". You would have thought that the powers that be might finally have cottoned on that taking doctors from their work to spend days pointlessly naval gazing, or "reflecting" as they call it, is a luxury they can't afford or justify. But I'm not going to hold my breath.