Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Quote of the day: Why doctors shouldn't strike

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Nothing to add to this:

When a country operates under a healthcare monopoly, its citizens are fundamentally at the mercy of the provider. That provider has an ethical responsibility to show up to work every day and look after its patients; if they don’t, no one else will.

Absolutely spot on. It's unethical for doctors to strike.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Generally, I am in accord with your views. However, may I rephrase that quote:
"When a country operates under a governmental monopoly, its citizens are fundamentally at the mercy of the government. That government has an ethical responsibility to show up to work every day and look after its citizens; if they don’t, no one else will."

MPs' salaries currently average £74,000 a year. MPs determine their own salaries -- and, apparently, many of them have little compunction about fiddling their expenses. I would hazard a guess that the country could function tolerably well without a government: Belgium has proved that.

The starting salary for a junior doctor is just under £23,000 a year, rising to £30,000 within four years. The contribution to the general well-being of society by junior doctors, nurses, fire-fighters, police, etc., is essential, yet is deliberately undervalued. Where is the logic?

Michal Zadrag said...

Perhaps it's unethical for someone to impose a contract that will endanger patients lives without their consent and who refuses to negotiate.