It's been a scary week for all doctors and NHS workers here in the UK and it looks like it'll be stormy times ahead for the next few years at least. As a penultimate year medical student and having spoken to fellow students and junior doctors, many of us share the same emotion: fear. Fear that the NHS will no longer exist, fear that we won't be working within safe conditions and fear that all the years we've put in so far have gone to waste because being a doctor is no longer emotionally, socially or financially viable.
Going into this profession, the majority of us are aware of the sacrifices we will make: socially because we'll be working long hours, evenings, nights and weekends; financially because our salary is pretty poor as a junior doctor (see here if you don't believe me) and physically (shift work can have negative effects on health!). To take away the current safeguards (which, in my opinion, aren't all that great anyway) and compensation for unsocial hours is an insult - both to the workers but also to the patients.
How was your week?