Junior Doctors should look carefully at the result of their strike. The NHS did not fall into chaos and hospitals continued to function with the support from all other staff and the public because planned operations were cancelled and people turned away from requesting the NHS services.
Why did this happen and what could be the impact for the future?.
Has the NHS failed to control its workload?
If you can postpone 10,000 operations and appointments then surely you can schedule workload to match available staff.
Why did A&E attendances reduce during the Strike?
Accidents did continue to occur so it suggests that the reduction was caused by “unnecessary” A&E visits.
Now sharp thinking Hospital administrators and accountants will be working on how to take advantage of this information.
We have seen this in the past with many “industries” which enter into the labour strike mentality, the result has been management ask questions how they were able to cope during the strike and what was the impact. People start looking at reducing activity.
Lean thinking creeps in, procedures change, tasks change or are eliminated and maybe jobs eliminated.
Junior doctors may think they cannot be replaced, which is probable true in the short term, but the tasks they are currently asked to do can be changed or eliminated thereby reducing their workload.
This can be good for the NHS and the Junior Doctors, the only people who may be impacted will be the patients.