Shock, horror. Whatever will we do?
No gumming up A&E with split fingernails. No ambulance to pick up the shopping from Tesco.
It’s a disgrace, that’s what it is.
The real price tag
Over-worked health professionals doing 12 hour shifts for small change, while the fat-cat administrators pull down enough to fund a small country.
You’d strike too, under those circumstances.
For a lot more than the 1% these folk are asking.
Day and night they’re on the job, every day of the year. With rank-and-file workers often on less than £1,800 a month.
So how long would you last on that, at the pace they have to work at?
Pie in the sky
Meanwhile, in those swish Band 9 offices with the reserved parking bay outside, £1,800 might be closer to the take-home for a week.
And these aren’t necessarily doctors, mind. Not even technical experts.
Amazing where you can get with the right politics, isn’t it? And the right network.
Plugged in all the way to Westminster. Where salaries and expenses and budgets don’t mean a lot anyway.
Unless you’re the unfortunate one in the hot seat who’s unavoidably responsible.
So the actual workers are jumping up and down for a 1% increase. Less than 50p a day. Not even parking money to the fat cats. Not even enough for their newspaper.
Peanuts at the price
Trim their salaries to make up the deficit and they wouldn’t even feel it. Half a day’s less sun-lounger on the beach at Ibiza.
Yet they and all the other heavies are complaining the strike will put lives at risk.
Except – reality check – lives are at risk already, if you’re an actual worker.
You try coming out on £1,800 a month – rent, utilities and groceries – with still enough to pay for your Oyster card to get to work. What do you mean, car? Is this some kind of joke?
Which is exactly what arguing the toss on this strike is.
Sure it pushes up costs, which the NHS cannot afford.
Unless it’s clawed back from the fat cats who none of us asked for or needed in the first place.
Let any one of them come into A&E and complain about the service.
Or sound off that the NHS is a waste of money, like that uber-large political dinosaur on TV last week.
What price, duty of care?
50p to fix your fingernail? Try doing that down the High Street.
Or does sir need special attention from falling out of a taxi after an evening of special networking? Slightly concussed are we? Bit of a broken leg?
Yes, it’s a waste of money fixing it up – but they’ll do it anyway. On the house, like they always do.
OK, so it’s 1% and we’ll all wind up paying for it somehow.
But who cares, if you’re really in trouble and could just die?
You won’t find more dedicated experts anywhere. (Tweet this)
Or better attention for your fingernails.
Originally posted 2015-01-26 13:08:15.