Doctors without work
“As long as I pass, I'll be able to pay off all my student loans,” I shout at my friend as I pass the saleswoman my debit card. It's not arrogance fuelling this zealous proclamation but over-riding confidence that as soon as you successfully complete medical school, your very own George Clooney lookalike takes you by the hand and leads you smiling and giggling into eventual consultancy. It was this employment security that, at least in part, attracted me to a career in medicine.
So you will understand my shock when, reaching for the marmalade, a previously hidden headline in the Bristol Evening Post, saying that doctors were being left without permanent work, caught my eye: “After 10 years of training, and with debts of nearly £50 000, Melissa still finds herself without permanent work” (2005 Jul 29). Amid a mess of sticky orange I frantically read about the plight