In the Herald today:
‘Professor Jackie Taylor, the newly-appointed president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, said she was aware of situations where NHS bosses have extended the training period for junior doctors so that they can be sent to busy departments, such as A&E, as part of health board plans to cope with winter.’
Hmmm, in that headline, should the apostrophe be before or after the ‘s’ in ‘doctors?’ Prof Taylor, convenor of a posh trades union’s Glasgow branch, ‘is aware of situations’ and that’s the basis for:
‘Top medic warns junior doctors’ training in jeopardy as hospitals battle winter pressures’
Really? Is the convenor of a trades-union branch a leading medic? Wouldn’t a leading medic be far too busy researching or implementing the latest methods to be bothered with local branch meetings? Just how many individuals have had their training extended?
To what extent are these extensions really damaging to a career to the extent of it being in jeopardy?
Are other medics being redeployed to busy departments any less so than these staff? Are these junior medics learning something useful as they share in the typical experience of more experienced colleagues?
Finally, returning to the headline, are hospitals really ‘battling winter pressures’ as we experience mostly frost-free nights and no major flu outbreak as yet. A&E waiting times are marginally up in December but there is no other objective measure of severe problems being reported.
Is this an even minimally credible story?
If our NoMedia had anything substantial to go on, we’d know all about it. Hey, let’s look over the border. Maybe a crisis this way comes?