Usually, Dr Clarke, Resignation Letters Are Kept Confidential…

As an NHS doctor, I have news for Theresa May. At the bedside, I am my patient’s advocate, neither a tax collector nor a conscripted border guard. My first duty as a doctor is to my patients – not her Trumpist demagoguery – and I will continue to treat according to need and only need, as opposed to country of birth.

…but if you want to publicise yours in the newspaper, it’s your right, I guess.

13 comments for “Usually, Dr Clarke, Resignation Letters Are Kept Confidential…

  1. David
    February 17, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Because medicines are a rip off in the US Americans will fly to Colombia to buy them (they are not subsidised in Colombia, they just have a better market)
    A) It is possible that foreigners might fly here for cheaper treatment
    B) If enough do so it could destroy the NHS.

  2. February 17, 2017 at 10:06 am

    The hypocrisy is rife. And that BBC journo saying they were fair and unbiased … ROTFL.

    • February 19, 2017 at 7:18 am

      Trump has their measure..!

  3. Stonyground
    February 17, 2017 at 10:18 am

    It is so easy to be virtuous and generous with other people’s money isn’t it. I would be interested to know what his position would be if every time he treated someone who wasn’t entitled to treatment he had to pay for it out of his own pocket.

  4. Ed P
    February 17, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Doctors should not be the ones to decide on elegibility for free treatment.

    Emergencies obviously require immediate treatment, with all the paperwork done after the patient has been stabilised. So what if some were inelegible?

    All others should be dealt with by some of the huge number of non-medical, idle/bureaucratic staff cluttering up every hospital (& absorbing a large chunk of NHS funding for no medical purpose).

    • February 19, 2017 at 7:19 am

      Sales of ‘Heat’ magazine might plummet! Think of the economy, man!

  5. Mudplugger
    February 17, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    One is reminded that ‘he who pays the piper calls the tune’.

    When I last checked, it was the government, via its NHS agent, who pays the doctors, therefore the government has the client’s right to nominate the tune.

    If the ‘piper’ doesn’t want to play that tune, then he has the right to take his music to another customer, one who will enable him to dictate the programme – until that point, he would be well advised to remember who funds his arrogance.

    • Errol
      February 17, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      Arguably as government has no money the people really calling the shots are us, the tax payers.

  6. Errol
    February 17, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Yes, and his view is admirable. In fact, it’s great to think so. Would you also pay for those people?

    No? Ah. I see. Your ideology matters while I’m paying for it.

  7. Penseivat
    February 17, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Ed P,
    A friend of mine was recently ill abroad and was taken to hospital. His EHIC covered the emergency part but everything else, medication, outpatient’ s appointments, blood tests and x-rays, had to be paid for up front. Fortunately, and sensibly, he had travel insurance. The doctors never spoke about money or eligibility, there was a separate department that dealt with that. Why can’t the morons who run the NHS do the same?

    • Ted Treen
      February 18, 2017 at 12:32 am

      Why can’t the morons who run the NHS do the same?

      You’ve answered your own question: it’s because they’re morons.

  8. Monty
    February 18, 2017 at 12:12 am

    “…I will continue to treat according to need and only need..”

    Not strictly true is it? If he wasn’t getting paid would he still keep showing up for work and treating patients?

    Also regards all the other NHS resources he is allocating to the unentitled, isn’t there a criminal offence going on there? Obtaining services and goods by deception?

    • February 19, 2017 at 7:19 am

      Spot on!

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