A story continued from above about life at the Fortune Practice
So, there was a doctors strike planned for june 21; What was Alex to do? Suddenly a light shone from above and she was transported to her early days of qualification. For the first 6 years of qualification, she had worked 100 plus plus hours a week. She had gone to work on a friday morning and come home on a monday night, then gone back on the tuesday for another day plus doing a “all nighter” in the week as well as 9 to 5. Her hours , determined only by need of patients..no one had discussed money or a contract and no one had asked her to think about finances…that was the job…she hadn’t gone in to the job for money. She recalled baby sitting for the night for friend who insisted on paying her ( she then realised how much more that job could have been worth!) Alex earned £1 an hour for being on call, saving lives regular, due to her abilities and training, looking after and seeing through complex cardiac, renal, orthopaedic, general surgical patients, on top of on call duty…this was part of her training.. she had thought.
And in between her work life balance had done some professional exams..which had cost her a small fortune in courses and entrance fees
The reason she paid her pension contribution? Mostly it was unwitting and in a good collective cause. The cause of a caring profession, that had learned to understand what Bevan had talked about , that could see the benefits of an integrated profession to the nation . One day at some time in the future her enthusiasm, her love of medicine her passion would pay off…she was young , she would be a vocational leader, NOT an institutionalised feeder. The NHS was naive.
In fact, she was about to be shafted. What a mess… None of the agencies involved in her NHS payments, over the years were on the ball enough to sort them out anyway, despite partly in the latter years having been sold off already. And , what were these figures being quoted in the media today? They didn’t apply to her figures
Alex..aroused herself from her memories of M*A*S*H like comradery and the old days… whilst Prakash and Helen were slowly awaking them selves to their thoughts around the strike
To Strike or not to strike that was the question?
One thing was clear , there were at least 200 thousand docs in the uk and only 17 thousand had, by virtue of being in the union elected to strike , so would this do any good at all? Would it do any harm? Well it couldn’t do much more harm than Lansley had already done to the health of the nation…