The young doctors’ strike

Knowing nothing about the details of the young doctors’ complaints against the government’s payments for weekend work in the National Health Service I’m on their side anyway. The medical profession is still a Medieval Guild system whereby the older adults seek to delay the ingress of the young generation for as as long as possible.

Mind you, entry is still heavily restricted by means of ‘understandings’ between the Royal Colleges and the approved universities. It is still very much an upper class ramp with, maybe, only a quarter of student entrants selected than we need. Also the training and experiential gaps between consultancy, doctoring and nursing are too wide.

Hierarchy of abilities and earnings is natural and only to be expected but not when the gradations are too wide and too arbitrarily maintained.

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