A patients’ guide to Modernising Medical Careers – Volume II – in which we lobby parliament – including an explanation of why – one year on – there are so many doctors out of work and why so many hospitals who can’t fill the rotas.
The Patients’ Guides to Modernising Medical Careers and MTAS – written during 2007, these provide straightforward explanations of the systems of MMC and MTAS.
Discussion, Opinion and Comment 2008:
1st March – Remedy Mass Lobby of Parliament March 18th – in which I admit, grudgingly, that I’ll be spending my annual leave lobbying my MP about the continuing mess and encourage others to do the same
8th January – So what’re you gonna do about it Gordie? – in which I welcome the publication of the Tooke Report on medical training, and wonder if it’ll make a blind bit of difference
7th January – Here we Go Again – in which I admit I’m worn out by the events of 2007, and warn that 2008 will be worse, but more fractured
Discussion, Opinion and Comment 2007:
29th November – The BMA are Blackleg Scum – in which the British Medical Associtation refuses to publish an advertisement invitining Juniors to join Remedy UK
24th November – Now you CD it, now you don’t – in which the MTAS leak is put in perspective as just one of many ways the government plays fast and loose with data about us
13th September – Pop Goes the Weekend – consultation document on MMC available – what it says on the tin.
18th July – Stats Tart – A scatty view of Patricia Hewitt
11th June – An Anatomy of Anger – in which I take stock of the emotional rollercoaster I’ve been through in the first half of 2007
9th June – You can take the Health Secretary out of Andersens – in which the Department of Health don’t shred evidence
8th June – Fuck MTAS – the best search terms are the simplest
27th May – MMC made simple – a video providing a simple, straight-forward and dignified explanation of MMC which deserves a wider audience.
23rd May – Vindictive Fucking Bitch – in which Remedy gets under Ms Hewitt’s skin, and pays heavily for the privilege.
17th May – Ain’t got no algorithm, baby – in which the DoH itself admits that the selection algorithm right at the heart of MTAS could not be relied upon.
16th May – MTAS – The silent “SH” in Department of Health IT – Five out of eight reasons why IT projects fail come down to the the project team failing to understand how the system will be used or what it it should do – MTAS ran depressingly true to form.
7th May – So why did the MTAS site spring a leak? – I email Mike Clement, the IT Manager responsible for MTAS, with the three most likely explanations which boil down to incompetence, incompetence, incompetence, but get no reply.
2nd May – Incidentally – the MTAS leak in words and pictures – not pretty
26th April – I don’t have the words – to describe how enraged I was by the MTAS leak
18th April – Talking to Patsy – trying of something sensible to ask Ms Patronising Hubris but fail
17th April – If I could ask Tony and Gordon – I’d ask why they don’t both take a flying jump of Blackpool Tower, hand in hand, wearing tutus
3rd April – Sprinkling fairy dust wherever she goes – an assessment of Patricia Hewitt’s comments on Radio 4 concerning of MMC and MTAS.
30th March – Modernising Medical Careers isn’t Working – with a link to two comments, one about how the UK government has mislead and continues to mislead the International Medical Graduates, and another which challenges assumptions about how the increasing number of women doctors will change the profession.
27th March – Lords, Ladies and Politicos – relevant only because the comments thread is building up into a list of the pitifully few doctors in the House of Lords. They might be worth writing to, if only because adding weight to their postbag might help add weight to the things that they say.
23rd March – “You may already have lost” – the way that the Review may have affected those who were interviewed while the Round 1 interviewers though there would still be a Round 2.
24th March – That Sinking Feeling – why nothing fundamental will change until the architects of MMC and MTAS have resigned.
17th March – What we have here is failure to communicate – a look at the internal compass of doctors, the external compass of administrators and civil servants, why they are so different and why it matters.
15th March – What makes a good doctor anyway?
A patients’ guide to Modernising Medical Careers – Volume II – including an explanation of why one year on there are now so many doctors out of work and why so many hospitals who can’t fill their rotas.
A patients’ guide to Modernising Medical Careers and MTAS – Part 1
Why there are now “too many” doctors in specialist training and how the government has decided to cut their numbers.
A patients’ guide to Modernising Medical Careers and MTAS – Part 2
The geographical implications of MTAS – how the lucky doctors and their partners will be forced to relocate (despite the fact that all areas have an equal need for specialists) and how the unlucky ones don’t have the chance of continuing in their speciality and are explicitly prevented from re-applying next year.
A patients’ guide to Modernising Medical Careers and MTAS – Part 3
The self assessment competency questionaire that has been used (with examples) and how academic research on the subject shows that this is one of the least valid ways of selecting candidates.
A patients’ guide to Modernising Medical Careers and MTAS – Part 4
The kick in the teeth we are giving to the overseas trained doctors, and why we will always need them. The comments which hang off this particular post are depressingly informative.
In their own words:
MMC and MTAS: real stories, real doctors
Exerpts from some of the posts and comments I’ve read elsewhere which show the stoicism, dignity and pain we are putting these guys though as we kick them out of their profession.
“Medicine Mismanaged by C**ts” – a brief and emotionally charged summary of Modernising Medical Careers including links to further reading and a plea to sign the Downing Street Petition asking that medical training be returned to the Royal Colleges.
Betjeman and the Medics– a general critique on the way the world is run for the convenience of large organisations which includes a couple of paragraphs about MTAS