Her Majesty’s Opposition

6 10 2009

As the political conference season draws to a close, a colleague of mine made the point that clinicians within the hospital Consultant Medical Staff Committee are analagous to the political opposition.

Considering and extending this I believe it does offer an interesting view as to the different roles clinicians may play in the management of the hospital.

Some are directly involved in committees of power although restricted in their ultimate influence by not being a member of the ruling party. Some exert influence through lobbying using skills and contacts developed over time. Sadly others engage purely in “yaa boo” politics attempting at every step to block and criticise the party in power.

Ultimately the role of the opposition is to hold the government to account because without them the government would not be responsible or effective for society as a whole. Clearly however the two sides hold very different opinions and philosophies over how and why things should be done but both, whatever our personal feelings, are actually striving for the greater good. Issues about election would be interesting to explore!

(Quite pleased in being positive again!)

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10 10 2009
Steph

sometimes it screws you into a whirlwind of exasperation…. but at the end of the day we still keep fighting to make it work….

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