Monday, April 11, 2016

"Divided We Fall"

I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am. Just around the corner is the impending release of a blockbuster movie called "Civil War". Now- its pretty common knowledge how much I enjoy comic books. Having grown up on them, its a fabulous world I live in watching those characters come to life. I also know its a source of mockery for some- comic books are for kids, right? Well- the world would differ- but in your eyes, if that makes me a kid, heck- that's a compliment and a half.

And comic books- they teach you much much more about life and its issues than some conference, course or power points will ever do. Want to know about discrimination  read the X Men; want to know about strong women - check out Wonder Woman; want to know about race issues- check out Luke Cage; want to know about teenage angst- Spider-man existed only for that...the list is endless.Most noticeably, the Avengers should teach us all about the importance of a team- how many strong characters needed to work together to make things happen. The ethos of Captain America- strong, idealist, leader or of Iron Man- cocky, confident, charming...we live with those characters every day in our lives.

Which brings me to the movie called Civil War. It was a seminal event in the world of comics- chasm between the superhero community- heroes against each other- everyone supposedly right in their views- toe to toe- no one backing down as they both- "fought for the people". Starting to sound familiar?
The tagline of the movie goes "Divided We Fall"- and its as apt as it gets. Social media has erupted with disputes- everyone keen to claim the side of the patient- everyone right. My view about junior doctors- and my support stands as ever- there is no flinching away from looking after the next generation but it appears we are now in Civil War territory- among ourselves.

In between all of these, there are many many who have simply taken advantage of an opportunity- whether it be some with chips on their shoulders about doctors, whether it be some who simply want to change the government, whether it be some who see it as an opportunity to eulogize about their private work...mix it in with many who have chosen to bring the "In my Days" argument into play- and many many junior doctors now simply feel trapped. Trapped in a toxic cocktail where no one is sure anymore how a "winner" emerges.
I know exactly what I would like- a simultaneous withdrawal of imposition and all out strike- and talks to thrash it out. The rest of us would applaud and breathe a sigh of relief- this isn't good for the present or the future- and it is undoubtedly frustrating to see an impending car crash to which we are all spectators at best.
I have no other suggestion to make to both parties- except that maybe all of you need to go and watch the movie together and understand the importance of what comic books teach us.

To end, do you know how the battle in Civil War ended in the book? The public in the end, stood up- and said enough- that finally made the warring parties realize that even though they ALL felt they were fighting for the public. in the end, they scared the public enough for them to stand up.
You sure comic books don't have anything to teach us? To reiterate the tagline, ladies and gentlemen...Divided We Fall".
Please..resolve this madness.I beg of you all.

1 comment:

  1. Well said Partha - hopefully both sides will stand down at the eleventh hour and move to a properly negotiated settlement.

    It's so important to separate out the cover needed for elective and emergency care in this.

    None of us begrudge doing emergency work 7 days a week - certainly in my hospital we're all doing this anyway, and I would imagine in yours too. It's what we all do medicine for.

    The move to make weekends no different to Monday to Friday does worry me from the elective (routine joint replacements, out-patient clinics etc.) point of view - work life balance over a long career is so important to avoid burnout.

    With best wishes,