Next procedure cancelled so sitting in the staff room with 2 nurses watching day 6 of #BlackLivesMatter protests in the US. Yesterday a huge protest in London & many other cities. The nurses felt protestors shouldn't use violence & were wrong to go near the White House. I said >
"what other options do they have?" But as I said it, I knew how tone deaf it is for me to saying that as both of the nurses are black and I'm not. You've heard the difference about non-racism vs anti-racism, I've been thinking about it a lot recently.
Being able to talk to others honestly & hearing their views is important, otherwise it's easy to never change your mindset, safe in the knowledge you are a 'good guy'. You don't hate black people! You're not like these racists. But we all have things to learn.
I thought #BlackHistoryMonth (Europe) would be a great opportunity to make a video about 2 cardiac surgery stories that I love. Behind the blockbusting first Tetralogy operation & the first heart transplant were black men working in deeply racist times.
Followers/readers of @FredWuMD & @thomasngmorris will know these well. Hamilton Naki left school at 14 and worked as a gardener in Cape Town but ended up performing heart & liver transplants on dogs and is credited with devising the heterotopic heart transplant
Vivien Thomas saw the Great Depression dash his hopes of medical school so took a job as Alfred Blalock's lab assistant and proved himself a gifted and innovative surgeon, instrumental in achieving the first successful operation for 'Blue Baby Syndrome'
I have never told anyone how to vote, it's your choice. Respectful difference in opinion is always healthy. So it's disappointing @OurDutyOfCare feels it has to resort to attempting to guilt people with inflammatory accusations.
The RCP is polling its members about their views on assisted dying. Instead of recognising this as a sensible approach, @OurDutyOfCare implies the @theRCN doesn't care if people take their lives, because their stance is neutral.
Every point here is wrong.
I am my brother's legal guardian. He has severe learning disabilities. No matter what happens I would never ever advocate assisted dying for someone like him. AD is and always will be for fully competent adults. This is pure scaremongering.
I urge all RCP members to vote in this poll on assisted dying - only this way will the result be representative. Please read the text the RCP has published. I'm not going to tell anyone how to vote but want to highlight a few key points:
The main question concerns the RCP's stance, it is not a binary for or against; there is the option already taken by the @theRCN which is to be neutral on the topic. I believe this will allow sensible and honest debate.
This is not a poll about euthanasia. Assisted dying is for
1. Patients with less than 6 months' life expectancy due to terminal illness (ie not the disabled as is often scaremongered) 2. Who are assessed to have mental capacity (ie not those with psychiatric disease for example)
The NHS was created 70 years ago. My aunt & uncle were born a few years later but like so many immigrants, dedicated their lives to the National Health Service. It is exactly 10 years since they died. This is a thread about immigrants and the NHS. Are they overloading it? #NHS70
I did something very unusual recently - I enjoyed a copy of the Daily Mail. Well, 1 page entitled 'NHS heroes'. This is my uncle in 2000. Have you ever read a better description of how valued a traditional family doctor is?
He & his wife (my maternal aunt) were GPs from India.
Their story is not exceptional. They arrived in the 80s as junior doctors and worked in under-served & deprived areas. Thousands of doctors from India & Pakistan started arriving in the 60s, at the request of - surprisingly - Enoch Powell (then Health minister)