The basic problem with important issues such as that over junior doctors’ contracts is, quite simply, a concern about loss of face.
In this case, in my view, for Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
The present situation has been allowed to become absolutely ludicrous and, at the very least, demonstrates a complete failure on the Government’s part in properly explaining the purpose and detail of its contract proposals.
It’s highly unlikely most of the doctors who will be directly affected by the proposal are unable to understand the contract and its impact upon them.
Thus, the remaining conclusion has to be either:
The proposal has NOT been discussed and explained properly, or the Government accepts it plans to impose a contract that really will operate to the serious detriment of the doctors on whom we all rely.
So, it’s time to have Mr Hunt take an important step back, review the current status and have further proper talks with the GMC about how the contract can be made to operate to the satisfaction of all.
This, of course, includes the general public, whose taxes pay for both the NHS and the Government.
If he does this, then only stupid people will consider this to be a loss of face, given the vital nature of the services that will otherwise be adversely affected. That is, of course, assuming this Government isn’t really just planning to privatise the NHS.