Tuesday, April 26, 2016

"Junior" Fights Back: Tales from the MVNHS©

Earlier this year, we reported that "junior doctors" employed by the Much Vaunted National Health System© had engaged in a pretty severe work slowdown, in protest over "pay and working conditions." In fact, these "junior doctors" comprise up to half of all doc's in England.

As with almost all government-run enterprises, the folks in charge heard the junior doc's pleas, and agreed to a mutually beneficial resolution.

Er, no:

"U.K. Junior Doctors Withdraw Emergency Care in ‘All Out Strike’"

On the one hand, the work stoppage lasted a mere nine hours, but of course that impacted tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of patients (for better or worse is another question entirely, of course).

Under proposed MVNHS© regs, junior doc's would be required to work weekends and evening at "regular" pay scale, not "premium" (aka overtime, one presumes). This is necessary, of course, in order to rein in out-of-control healthcare costs.

Whoa there, Henry, wait just a second:

It is a well-known fact that government-run health care schemes systems are far more efficient than our own, and that they're able to keep strict control of health care costs with zero impact on quality or quantity of care.

Um, not so much:

"[T]he British Medical Association, the union for doctors, has countered that it will stretch an already-overburdened workforce even thinner, endangering patient safety."


Good thing that can't happen here.

[Hat Tip: FoIB Holly R]
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