I am not at liberty to speak my truth,
it tempered by myth of equality;
I can hold no opinions of my own
should I offend those who would silence me.
I shall be watched, monitored, thought controlled;
moulded, become some mindless automaton
who blind yields to the bid of those that rule,
blind to the loss of self and freedom gone.
I but a small cog in a larger wheel,
a cog of insignificance and worthless say,
yet still while strength remains will mourn the death
of Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité.
Come let us arm ourselves with righteous voice,
let us fight for return of common good,
let us regain our thoughts and freedoms lost,
let us embrace again in brotherhood.
Let us fight for our humanity,
for shall we not our spirits surely slain,
we will lose the sense of who and what we are,
we will become a number and not a name.
I like the French. Many Brits don’t as they see the French as moaning, but do not understand that the French will readily admit to being "râleurs,” that is unafraid to speak their mind or show their feelings. To "râler" is not to be confused with rudeness, it is getting things out in the open, sorting out a problem and moving on. And long may it continue.
I guess with my French heritage – oh so long ago, the time of the Huguenots – I have a propensity to ‘tell it like it is.” But my ‘telling it like it is’ is never confrontational, always wrapped in soft fluffy blankets with the comfort of moving on sure to follow.
Well apart from my personal life, the bit I have an element of control over, this is not strictly true - for as do my fellow countrymen/women I yield to the dumbing down and regimentation - by the forever increasing rules and regulations - of my life and watch helpless as my personal freedoms are whittled away under the lie of equality and ‘human rights.’ And it is true that most of us, worldwide, are indifferent to both the states (ours - not the US) overt and covert policing of us as we ‘have nothing to hide’…
The health professions’ are fraught with loss of autonomy as medicine and nursing becomes an exercise in ticking boxes, no matter that patients do not necessarily fit the boxes. (In mental health some patients/clients/service-users do not meet the criteria of the ‘speciality’ of (any of) a particular psychiatrists remit and God help them if they need the input of a psychiatrist – it takes months for one prepared to take them on to be found.)
In the good old days, governance of said professions’ was done under the elected leadership of doctors and nurses (how strange!) but is now that of government quangos, mostly ignorant of the professions’ they supposedly serve. (But they do not serve, they police in the most oppressive way and bow down to whatever government is in power.) Added to this are countless regulatory bodies whose aim is to police and find fault – if praise is due, it is never given.
I can only speak with authority on the effect of all this tick boxing, regulation on nursing and although I still love my job, I am afraid in it. There is a constant need (and knock on effect) to cover my back lest I fall foul of some obscure and ill-thought out regulation, I am constantly treading on eggshells and it is taking its toll and although I really do love my job – I would leave tomorrow if finances permitted.
I am not alone here and would ask you to view this article in The Guardian highlighting a recent survey in which (almost) two-thirds of nurses have considered leaving in the last twelve months as they are so stressed. It is probable that another Mid-Staffs is happening now as burnout takes its toll and those on the bottom rung of the ladder will be again scapegoated. (Please read of burnout – see how it changes you.)
Doctors too are buckling under the pressure an ever increasing workload and excessive policing of their every action and a recent Pulse survey shows that 43% (of GPs that responded) are classified at very high risk of developing burnout.
I do not doubt within this midst are nurses and doctors who are bad, but also in this midst are doctors and nurses who have been suspended due to vexacious and/or malicious complaints (the compensation culture has a lot to answer for here). I would therefore ask you to read this excellent Dr No post at Bad Medicine in which he highlights the deaths of 92 doctors who were under ‘Fitness to Practice’ investigation. I would also ask you to consider signing Dr Helen Bright’s e-petition here. Cheers!
The greatest tragedy is indifference…
How did I get here? Brian at dVerse has us writing of slogans – slogans that catch our attention and remain memorable. And these thoughts just spilled out… Thanks Brian.