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A man, who left his job in the armed forced to become a doctor in the NHS, has said that the morale of the staff in the health system is lower than that of troops during war time in war-torn Afghanistan.
Ollie Blackford from Swiss Cottage said that the morale is really low among staff members. He pointed out that the government is refusing to listen to the advice of expert against changes to junior doctor contracts. He said that the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has failed to listen to expert recommendations and this has shown appalling leadership” and a “dictatorial mentality”.
He said, “Morale in Afghanistan was terrible at times, when you have lost colleagues, and you can’t get mail, you are eating the same ration box for four months. You are miles low, but you know there is an end in sight.“But for me what is happening here is chronic, it is deep. It is worse. People are working as hard as they can to deliver in really constrained environments, and you are hitting us in pay? That is not leadership at all. Why is his head stuck in the sand? Why is he not thinking this is not working we need to re-engage in a different way?”
Mr Blackford is completing his fourth year of training to be a junior doctor and he is expected to earn £23,000 when he becomes a doctor. He has a loan of around £25,000from student fees. Experts said that a junior doctor is a wide-ranging job description that includes most trained medics in the NHS who haven’t reached the level of consultant yet.