This has been very controversial in the news and I wanted to way in with my opinion as a trigeminal neuralgia sufferer who has been in and out of hospital for the past month to have urgent pain relief and in addition 2 private surgical procedures.
Whilst I sympathise with how they perceive their role as doctors I think the message here is that they are no more than 'junior' - all the studying in the world cannot prepare you for the real world of medicine. A recent experience of mine is that a junior doctor called in with me on pre-rounds to obtain some more information prior to actual rounds. I explained I had been diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia and had been treated in the resuscitation section of A&E the previous evening being drugged with ketamine, morphine and lidocaine through the vein. I asked her was she familiar with TN to which I received a very snotty reply in that of course she was - she had spent the previous seven years studying. I apologised in that I didn't want to cause her any offence but many senior doctors had never even seen this condition and in no way was I being disrespectful. She then went to examine my face and I had to physically restrain her from touching me - she was apologetic and stated that her hands were clean and I had to inform her in no way was anyone touching me as this would surely set me off again. She reported this to the senior doctor and during actual rounds she informed the senior staff that I was a difficult patient in that I wouldn't let her examine my face. She was given a dressing down by a senior doctor in that she clearly hadn't a clue and I was right to prevent her from touching my face. The senior staff apologised and later one of the senior nurses stated to me that 'these juniors think they know everything'.
I have no doubt that the junior was trying to offer excellent patient care but her snotty attitude and superiority complex is just not on. She tried to make me out to be a difficult patient and it backfired but what about the times that pain patients who clearly know more about their condition have to deal with this attitude and I reiterate no amount of schooling can teach the real life of medicine and patient care.
In addition they are in a job which with the proper on the job training has a massive potential to earn them large amounts of money. I spent years in Uni studying law and came top of my class - most people don't know that solicitors starting out receive minimum wage. This is not the only profession that asks for lots of training and still has a hierarchy with the juniors being treated as mere apprentices.
I have huge debts too from student loans - this is the way it is. I think these juniors should accept that they have a lot to learn and instead of ranting and raving about pay should concentrate on learning with the larger picture in play that some day they could be a consultant with massive earning potential.
Just one mere opinion.
Anyone else have experience of dealing with juniors?