Sunday, June 03, 2007

Shocking email

I got an email from the BMA this week. Periodically I have been getting emails from them in the last few months telling me what they’re doing for junior doctors. Before that I got the occasional email trying to sell me their financial services.

But this week, for the first time, I got an email from the BMA asking me to fill in a survey about what I thought of MMC.


A survey, something the BMA has never, to my knowledge, bothered to do before in the whole MMC/MTAS fiasco. All this time they’ve been ‘representing’ junior doctors and sending me emails telling me what they were doing and now, finally and too late, they’re actually asking what the people they allegedly represent think. Not there’s any guarantee they’ll listen anyway.

Why the hell haven’t they done this earlier?


At 11:38, Blogger Shinga said...

It's quite simple - before now, they've been gathering data from the Psychic Friends' Network. However, since so many people have withdrawn their financial support, they can't afford the Network's fees so they've had to resort to clunky methods like sending out and interpreting surveys.

Regards - Shinga

At 16:55, Blogger Shinga said...

It's amazing - I've just had a comment (11) from someone who must be a member of the Psychic Friend's Network:

"Your criticisms only show your low levels of confront and what sticks out as a sore thumb are your hidden crimes which you hope no one will find out. Well they are there. I don't care what they are. Get busy and do something constructive which you can be proud of".

Do yo think that any of this might be appropriately be said about the BMA?

Regards - Shinga

At 15:31, Blogger The Angry Medic said...

LOL - that Shinga always makes me laugh.

And whoa - the BMA, actually INTERESTED in what their members feel? Of course, they might be sending the survey out because they know the fraction who disagreed with MMC have all resigned 'cos of the James Johnson letter. So now they can honestly say, hey, our members don't really care. Numbskulls.

Also, thanks for your comment on my blog...And thanks...just one more practical paper to go (Pathology, of all things. And I still can't differentiate bloody E. faecalis from strep pneumoniae!)

At 21:10, Blogger The Junior Doctor said...

I still have no idea what the BMA actually do for me, I've been puzzling about it for years now.

What is becoming more and more apparent is that BMA membership fees are the worst financial investment a man could make.

Bar none

At 13:24, Blogger Dr Grumble said...

What a coincidence, the BMA have started writing to me as well and they are inviting me to things. They haven't done this for years - apart from the odd advert. One letter was to tell me that my bank was not paying them any more. Too right it's not. Dr Grumble stopped paying when he realised just how out of touch they had become - especially over MMC and MTAS. There was no point in telling the BMA the reasons for not paying them. It's not an organisation that listens - not to hospital doctors anyway. It's for them show they merit being paid. And it seems they just can't.

At 16:09, Blogger Cal said...

I got the survey too, and that was precisely my thought too.

"A little bit late for that now, no?"

At 16:35, Blogger Dr K said...

Very true, everyone. I'm amazed by the amount of propaganda (for want of a better word) that the BMA has put out recently, despite also hearing about how it's 'impossible' for them to do surveys to find out what members think. It's ridiculous.


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