Like a couple of days off?
Nothing divides the Serfs from the Masters so much as whether your working ‘week’ includes Saturday and Sunday or not.
In the Hospitality Industry, expecting a day off to occur at the ‘week-end’ would have them rolling on the floor laughing. Wanting a Bank Holiday free from work would reduce them to an apoplectic fit.
‘People need to eat at the week-end, as they do during the week, that is our business, we are there when our customers need us’.
In the Hospital Industry, the old rules of only the Serfs work on Saturdays and Sundays still apply.
Patients are 16 per cent more likely to die if admitted on a Sunday as opposed to a weekday. […] Fluctuating staff levels are the major cause, particularly with consultants and senior staff being only ‘on call’ at weekends. The JRSM also suggests that limited access to diagnostics and a reluctance among patients to admit themselves during the week are contributing to the trend.
Even the Serfs are revolting:
Nurses working for NHS Direct have lodged a collective grievance after being told they will have to work more weekends in a bid to improve the organisation’s performance.
What on earth is so special about having your days off on a Saturday and Sunday? Maybe years ago when church attendance was more prolific – at present it is estimated that only 6% of the population attend church on a Sunday – and a third of them are past retirement age anyway!
We accept that it is important for people to eat on a Saturday and Sunday, we think the emergency services should be on standby; and God help any squaddie who trotted out the ‘but it’s Sunday, Sarge’ line – yet hospitals think that the answer ‘because it’s Sunday’ is perfectly acceptable as a reason to wait to diagnose or operate on your body?
Surely time that the class war is stamped out in Hospitals and Serfs and Masters both work staggered rotas?
And the GPs too.
What think you?