Interesting reading this story... LINK Seems to me that a class of public sector worker has arisen, the manager... I can think of examples in our local social services, in our education [obviously] and it seems the same in medicine. A class of person who doesn't contribute much but monitors the work of others. Yet the impact of these people is highly damaging. The link talks about ... well I'm C+P a chunk to give you the gist. So what are the doctors saying behind closed doors? They are saying that they have had enough. They are declaring that they will unify against the government and that they will fight. They are warning their children not to follow their career path, and considering their options very carefully also. Many have been tempted by warmer climates, or a career change all together. They are adamant that they will not back down, and that the government has picked the wrong group of professionals to attack. After arguably lying dormant for so long, the medical profession has finally erupted in defense of both their profession and their patients' future welfare. I am immensely proud of my colleagues; ultimately these are some of the most inspirational and gifted people I know. They are the 'good guys', and yet they are time and again the ones being vilified and devalued in the press at the moment. But if the new contract goes ahead, one day soon we may all wake up and ask where have all the good doctors gone? And the answer? They will either be abroad, bankers, or just totally burnt out. And you can swap 'doctors' for 'teachers' and get something similar. I know there are those who deny this 'crisis'... or who even feel it is justified. Just makes me sad. And before the those who identify as Tory get upset, I think the rot began under Blair. Just not seen the Tories change course. Indeed, they seem to be digging in for the long haul fight.