Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Rapid Review of life in the NHS

Monday. No lunch, finished late, lack of senior support.
Got home - too tired to open my eyes let alone revise. Must stay awake in an effort to pass the exam next week.
Spoke to a close friend (a doctor) - he had a bad day at work, finished late, spent his day doing menial tasks.
I have another doctor friend who has taken this week off as annual leave as that is the only way he could get enough time to revise for the exam. He may well pass, but at the expense of a holiday this year.
Spoke to another doctor - she finished work 2 hours late tonight (at 11pm instead of 9pm) and is now on her way to a friend's house to drink a bottle of wine.
So I decided not to speak to any more doctors tonight. I tried calling a couple of non-medical friends in an effort to cheer myself up. One answered from the pub and the other one is in bed.
Tomorrow evening I am going to a meeting outlining the career pathway into General Practice. They couldn't have come at a better time. Hospital life is not for me. Something would have to change drastically - the job is not going to get better so the alternative is for me to get even more cynical and learn to accept this lifestyle. No way.

6 comments:

angel, jr. said...

I think I want hospital life rather than have a private clinic.

Chloe said...

if it's not for you, consider the alternatives and move on.
work takes up too much time of our life to suck. good luck! :)

Julie said...

It can't be any worse than life as an NHS manager, take it from me! I am even thinking of going back to nursing so it must be bad!

Dr John Crippen said...

Oh boy!

Just discovered your site. I have actaully been trawling around looking for medical blogs from ENGLISH doctors - lots from the USA, very few from England.

What is really depressing, is that I cannot find a single cheerful one.

Good luck going into general practice. When I started it 20 years ago, it was genuinely a good career choice. I wish I could say the same now. It is however relatively well paid for the first time since the 1950's. But nothing, NOTHING like you get in the city.

My wife is a hospital consultant. We have four children, all looking at University. Not one of them would dream of doing medicine - which is a shame really.

Be a stockbroker!

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Anonymous said...

I'm an NHS manager and I agree it's pretty grim. I joined the NHS management training scheme with high hopes of being able to make a difference for patients, but all around me I see badly organised systems, and people that are so stuck into these difficult systmes, they can see no way out. As a service improvement manager, you can imagine that my job is not exactly a joyous task!!! HELP!!!!