Today (30 November 2011) those of us that are average Northernshire Ferrari owning GPs noticed something different as we began our long descent into the great metropolis. It was like a scene from one of those post apocalyptic holocaust films where someone wakes up and finds a car to drive only to find no people or other vehicles on the streets completely unaware of what was going on.
There was literally no traffic on the roads and it was similar to, but better than, going into work early on a Christmas Day morning. Many of our staff said the same that the drive was a pleasure and why was it not like this every day and our doctors in training commuting from other nearby conurbations arrived light years earlier than usual.
Now this is Shiteton an incredibly affluent area of Northernshire so we do wonder how others got on on the day of action over Party proposed reforms to pensions? The late news was ambivalent as to whether the day had been a success for the unions or a damp squib. In general practice at ND Central it was full on - no lunch or drink for the on call doctor until they got home well after 19.30hrs but some colleagues at the local tractor plant reported boredom as normally busy units were quiet.
Tomorrow will no doubt be back to commuting hell as usual and although our sympathies are with the strikers whose pensions are being well and truly shafted as they are an easy target for cash strapped governments (think Maxwell) whether it will make any difference will be a judgement to be made later as is often the case.
The news was full of gloom when we got home and partook of a refreshing glass of a fizzy fruit juice consumed faster than normal due to thirst and the news that we now have just ten days to save the Euro. Anyone remember 24 hours to save the NHS?
Question is as was the case then what are we actually saving, saving from whom or what and who does this salvation actually benefit? The Party or the people?
Still the sun will come up tomorrow and it will be business as usual as it was today at ND Central. Shame the drive to and from work won’t be as good as it was today.
Praise be to the Party for allowing us drivers the odd day to enjoy the roads they charge us so much to drive on at the expense of so many whom they allegedly serve.
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Northern Doc was once a blog originally written by a group of GPs in Northernshire and expressed their experiences and frustrations of working in today's NHS. The pieces were compiled at social meetings after work and published anonymously in a once free society. Following the Government's Medical Council clamp down on freedom of thought, speech and expression by doctors and our belief that the views of a few doctors DO NOT represent the views of the profession as a whole their views will now be written by and published by a journalist who has previously contributed to the blog by virtue of social ties. Any inference that the word Doc means a doctor is now purely coincidental. This is as of the 22 April 2013.