Tomorrow marks the first strike by the medical profession since 1974. Then it was about the rights of consultants to treat private patients and about junior doctors hours.
Tomorrow it is about pure selfish greed.
The average GP in this country earns over £100,000 per annum. More than 4,000 doctors in the UK earn in excess of £150,000 per annum. I, for one, don’t begrudge them this level of salary because they dedicated their lives to the care and treatment of the sick. I admire them for this and remember a story my father once told me about a friend of his who decried the size of the surgeons bill.
The surgeon simply replied: “That’s fine. Just pay me half of what you were prepared to give me before I treated you!”
Doctors are being asked to pay more into their pension pots and to defer retirement for two years. This might sound familiar to you, because everyone is being asked to do the same because, in a nutshell, the country cannot afford to do anything else.
The difference is that, in the doctors’ case, they will leave with a £68,000 per annum indexed linked pension paid for predominently out of your taxes. Frankly, I think this is generous but I am happy to wear it.
But not so the BMA. In the true spirit of Scargillism they want to increase the suffering of thousands of patients so that they can get their grubby little hands on more money.
Dr Hamish Meldrum, chairman of the BMA, emphasised doctors would be doing everything they could to ensure patients were safe on Thurday. He said: “Patient safety is our absolute priority. We have been clear throughout that any emergency care – or other care urgently needed by patients – will be provided. We are undertaking this action with extreme reluctance.”
Well, that’s bullshit because the BMA is revelling in taking on the government so to hell with ‘extreme reluctance’. And if patient safety was an ‘absolute priority’ then they wouldn’t be going on strike!
Thankfully, not all doctors are money-grubbing gits A poll for the Daily Mail yesterday revealed that three quarters of GP practices have told their PCTs that they are not joining in the action.
And the final straw in all this? Well, it seems that lots of striking doctors will lose nothing for taking the day off as the NHS trusts will pay many of them their average £430 a day anyway because they are providing emergency cover. Talk about having your cake and eating it!
So my final word on this? If you a doctor going on strike today…
…shame on you!