Sunday, 10 January 2016

Why American doctors unionise

When an American hospital threatened to outsource medical care, one of the doctors observed: “They can’t fire all of us — there are unions.” The doctors decided to unionise and affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, which already represented nurses at hospital. Noam Scheiber of the New York Times investigated and discoverd it’s not just about outsourcing, but also about bureaucratic efficiency measures:

If you talk to them for long enough, you get the distinct feeling it is not just their jobs that hang in the balance, but the loss of something much less tangible — the ability of doctors everywhere to exercise their professional judgment

“It can’t be all based on production,” one doctor said. “It has to be quality — safety, a good experience. If you’re the patient in the bed, it’s important to you that you’re treated as an individual, that your needs are being met.”

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