First blog of the New Year!
Perhaps 2011 will be a year of reflection or maybe a year of success but one thing is certain, none of us can predict what will happen.
That is the undercurrent in my book ‘The Cyclist’. It is about a man who struggles with the principles with which he leads his life. He confronts a brick wall when, in the end, events around him challenge his morals and he must either go with the flow or stand up against a sea of conflict.
Anyone drawing conclusions about similarities with working in the modern-day NHS might be on the right track. It is, when all things are considered, a gargantuan, unstoppable, chaotic beast and you oppose it at your peril. The German war machine was inherently evil and one cannot say that about the management of the NHS. Inept, yes, but evil no.
So what’s my point?
My point is that when we are faced with choices, and none of them is good, choose the way that is least confrontational or destructive. No one can stand up against the kind of change we are seeing in the NHS and I suspect it is foolhardy to try.
Am I a collaborator then?