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Doctors and The Wizard of Oz

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Power and authority is 90% of a doctor’s trick

As regular readers will know, I am no fan of the NHS. With this deep cynicism of a massive state controlled health service comes a natural dislike of politicians who bang on about how just “wonderful” doctors and nurses are.

As I’ve posted before, you mean the same nurses who leave elderly people to starve to death, Mr Cameron?

But doctors are also lauded as walking Saints by UK politicians as they desperately worship at the NHS altar. So I found it very amusing reading the tale of a doctor’s life from a serving doctor at infotainment and news website Vice.com.

Here’s a little teaser of the column written by Dr Mona Moore:

You think doctors know what they’re doing? Well, it’s a myth. A lot of the time I have no idea what is wrong with my patient. The higher I progress in the medical profession, the more I realize that half of being a doctor is saying things with authority and hoping my patient doesn’t die—which most of the time works. The ones that do die would probably have died no matter what I did.

The way doctors are perceived by large swathes of the Great British public is a bit like Oz in The Wizard of Oz. It’s only when you draw back the “curtain” you realise Oz is not the all great and powerful figure he seems, but instead just an ordinary man with lots of magic tricks and props.

Enjoy the rest of the article!

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Author: gavinmaclure

IT professional; political blogger, former Conservative councillor

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