And he’s doing that by cutting junior Doctors anti-social hours pay (I.E. weekend) rates.
How exactly is that going to help then?
Let’s take a step back and look into recent history for a minute here…. We had cover at the weekend before this very same party (Tory) brought ‘market forces’ into the NHS which created all this mess in the first place.
Having Doctors and Consultants in hospitals at the weekend is not a new concept!
They stopped having so much cover to save money when this pseudo private business ‘market forces’ was brought in.
How was this accomplished?
Well, by introducing ‘market forces’, the impetus for cost cutting to be the priority and all that really mattered to anyone involved, was achieved by giving hospitals their own budgets.
As we all know, people who have their own budget see it as their own and therefore naturally do not want to spend it. We’ve all seen the man in the stores department moaning about handing too much kit out, or the quartermaster asking why you need so many bullets.
Subsequently, there was an immediate, automatic effect on hospital staff in control of any budget to save money, wherever, whenever and however it was possible.
But there was also another effect; because they now had their own budget and pretended to be a business, they did what private business does.
They created lots and lots of (totally unnecessary of course) well paid executive ‘jobs for the boys’.
And surprise, surprise, some of these people were now in charge of their own budget.
Now you not only had the aforementioned ‘quartermaster’ effect at play, but there was also another dynamic involved.
At a stroke, the very pen pushing, office Walla ‘service delivery managers’ and such like that were created, were driven to stay within their budget, to achieve the targets set for them.
These were people on a mission.
And that mission was to further their own career and subsequent pay grade.
If they saved money on the budget they were doing well; they would be perceived as ‘successful’ and then move up the ladder, creating their own ivory tower in the process.
Yes men that were never going to think of anything, in any terms other than money.
So these people duly thought the obvious, namely there’s not so many people in hospital at the weekend and used that as a vehicle to cut the amount of Doctors, thus saving money.
Subsequently, the reason why we have no cover at the weekend which the government (in the form of Jeremy Hunt) now claim they want to achieve (or rather reinstate in view if the above) is not rocket science.
The only thing that baffles me is why, given the above, anyone is surprised we don’t have the same cover at the weekend.
I tell a lie, it’s not the only thing that baffles me. The fact that Jeremy Hunt, or anyone else for that matter, thinks that cutting the weekend pay rate for doctors is going to make these bean counters at hospitals employ more Doctors, also baffles me.
Are they bum.
It’s just another way to cut costs.
You know they’re desperate when they wheel out the divide and rule tactics, via what I call the ‘two wrongs don’t make a right’ argument.
You get a glance of this when, as one idiot from some think tank or other whose name escapes me now, said and I quote: ‘…Plenty of other people don’t get a premium for working weekends, so why should Doctors’.
Heard that argument before with pension cuts; remember it…. A lot people in private companies don’t have a pension, so why should public employees, went the line.
To anyone who realizes what they’re up to, the question is why don’t they have one and why don’t they get weekend premiums, of course.
Using the non-logic of their argument to justify cuts, there are plenty of people don’t get £70,000 odd a year and £20,000 odd for a secretary, plus expenses, so why should MP’s?
They don’t argue that do they.
But just to show the absurdity of the argument to anyone with the disposition to believe that mentality, there are people who don’t have a car.
So why should anyone else have one?
You get the picture.
Anyway, there's no other option for them other than to strike.
And strike they should.
Full support for that, from this site.