And about time too! Something needs to be done!
For me, as a recruiter in the Medical Affairs market, I speak with medics on a daily basis. The NHS issue is one which is very close to my heart, and one which I take very seriously, not only because my family members work in the NHS, but more importantly, it also involves the nation's health.
I speak with NHS doctors wanting to go into the pharmaceutical industry, not because they have compelling aspirations to work in the pharmaceutical sector but, sadly, because they are losing faith in the NHS. Therefore, they see a pharmaceutical position as their next best option. Albeit this is potentially good for the pharma sector, the potential lack of available doctors in the NHS is very dangerous.
Something has got to be done.
Lewisham GP and BMA council member Dr Louise Irvine told GPonline that doctors had a responsibility to warn the public about the threat to the health service. She said the crisis conference would not follow the usual format of BMA annual representative meetings, with a series of motions for debate, but instead would feature expert speakers and longer debate. 'Across the board in healthcare there are major problems,' said Dr Irvine. 'This is a way to highlight to the public the dire crisis in the NHS in relation to a wide range of issues - the funding crisis, creeping privatisation, the impact of austerity on people’s health, the crisis in mental healthcare, general practice on its knees - good practices are closing down in parts of the country, and they can’t recruit or survive.