Thomas is right… again

Posted by Michael on April 2nd, 2009 — 12:25am

This started off as a comment and turned into a blog.

I haven’t really followed any of this gash so don’t know too much about it, though I have followed the scandal of Jack-Off Smith closely. That’s some comic gold there. What was he watching?

I couldn’t agree with Thomas more that the media’s denigration of MPs has been pretty excessive. And he said to not misinterpret him when he rationalized MPs’ objections. So my criticism is of those MPs, not Tomdom.

I mean, Thomas and I are thinking along the same lines, he said things need to change, implied ministers are in fact culpable to the public who pay their wages etc. It is quite interesting actually. It makes me think about various issues in medicine at the moment and how the defensiveness of ministers is really a bit ironic. To the lament of an entire profession, medics are subjected to continuous, demeaning, time-consuming, costly* and increasingly frequent reviews. Every move of every doctor was already under scrutiny before last August and I can’t imagine what the new legislation will be like when P! and myself qualify.

At least the financial affairs of MPs will be fairly and properly assessed, in comparison to assessment of GPs’ competence by members of the public. The autonomy of GPs is being whittled away across the nation, what with Westminster politicizing medical care at every opportunity, coming up with ingenious gimmicks such as online rating of doctors by patients. But then again, that’s me being a bit fick, innit? It was rather ingenious. A rather ingenious sleight-of-hand that puts the public under the illusion that they have some say in the NHS. But sure. Fair’s fair. MPs are judged every four or five years, why shouldn’t health carers be judged weekly?

Then there was the whole bandwagon about gifts and incentives from drug companies influencing doctors’ clinical decision-making. At least two parties were delighted to fawn over the querulous British public and say how much they agreed with the GMC. It is worrying. I mean, when you have one Symbicort pen all you can think of is getting another one… And another one after that! And another! And another!

But such is the condescending attitude of Westminster. Like Alan Johnson giving doctors and nurses advice on how to recognize dementia so we can actually do stuff about it. That’s pretty embarrassing for me for several reasons:

1) Providing social care for dementia patients alone would cost like double the current budget of the NHS. I didn’t even know we had the money for that…
2) I’m in my fourth year of a medical degree and I thought dementia was incurable…
3) I didn’t even know Alan Johnson had a medical degree.

I guess what I’m trying to say to all those MPs is, “Man up.”

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