and increasingly senior ones, are now shift workers.
there is no continuity of care, or very little, in British hospitals.
There is, of course,
no better way to ensure that young doctors do not believe themselves to be members of a profession with a glorious tradition than to turn them into clock-watchers, and patients into parcels to be handed on to the next person once the music stops.
production line workers, no different from people who work in car factories.
Doctors turned spin doctors
Young doctors in training are aware of
the importance of spin-doctoring, for they have prepared ‘personal statements’ to get into medical school. It is an exercise in unctuous insincerity.
A lifetime of this kind of thing
will warp any character, and render it simultaneously self-righteous, politically correct in expressed views, unprincipled and ruthlessly focused on personal advancement. People with such character will be easy to herd and control.
Why is the urge to herd and control so strong in the political class? Perhaps, says Dalrymple,
it is the result of an inner emptiness and lack of deeper culture.
The result is
a soft and creeping totalitarianism.