The key players in the MMC debacle are falling like a house of cards. The resignation of James Johnson (BMA chairman) being the latest, and the call for Patricia Hewitt to resign has become even louder.
The result of the junior doctors v DoH Judicial Review is eagerly awaited, for justice and faith to be restored within the medical profession. Tonight, newsnight will debate 'morale in the NHS'. It has been reported that morale has never been lower amongst NHS staff, and for those working in the profession, that comes as no surprise. I have previously written an article about the medical professionals suffering from learned helplessness, because automony has been lost, and the professional voice silenced. For this to be reversed, the training of our doctors is key. After all, the government wouldn't enforce airline pilots to radically reduce flying hours before taking charge of solo flights; if they did, can you imagine the safety implications outcry? So, why has Patricia Hewitt been allowed to radically change doctor training without consultation?