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We are three months away from the deadline set for contract negotiations for consultants in England and Northern Ireland. Since discussions began last October, they have focused on two key issues - the provision of seven-day services and pay progression.
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People die. Sorry to start with the end, but the first time a patient died, I was devastated, and you need to know that it’s alright to feel like that, but that it’s also part of working in a hospital.
Tags: junior doctors, foundation programme year 1
‘Do you know if it’s banded?’ I asked my colleague, who had finally managed to secure that elusive registrar post. She was leaving in a few weeks and I was going to miss her. ‘No,’ she replied, ‘I don’t.’
Tags: junior contract, junior doctors
The extent of the experience and knowledge gained by our trainees is becoming obvious. That's because they're all leaving, taking it with them. A whole new batch will be pushed into the frontline to join the trench warfare that emergency medicine has become.
Tags: junior doctors, changeover, emergency medicine
It’s five to eight, and freedom is in sight. Gritty eyes and crumpled hair. Two more patients to discuss and I am out of here.
I’m not sure why I notice the girl at first. She’s pale and sits uncomfortably slumped on the shoulder of a teenage boy. He looks frightened, burdened with this adult role.
Tags: junior doctors, medical education and training, medical diagnosis
I had never seen an operation before. A third-year medical student, new to the wards, new to real patients. And now the surgical registrar had said we should come and watch him work. I was, of course, terrified.
Tags: medical students, junior doctors, medical education and training
'Take your time, there's no hurry.' I had been pestering to do my first cataract, and now the opportunity had arrived, I felt that anyone chosen at random from the streets of Manchester would have been able to do it better.
Tags: junior doctors, medical education and training
‘I don’t care about your pension,’ says my friend. She is self-employed and running her own small business. She takes something like minimum wage while paying her employees a decent salary. Her private pension pot has already taken a whack. Why should she care about mine?
Tags: pensions, junior doctors
I remember my first weeks of seven night shifts in a row. The first one or two nights were the hardest. My body was out of rhythm and lacking sleep, having spent the day tossing and turning with sleep eluding me.
Tags: junior doctors, hours of work
‘Can I just ask how old you are?’ I look up and see a curious wrinkled face staring at my name badge.
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