Op-Ed: The young Asian junior doctor tried again to talk to the patient being admitted to the cardiac ward of a busy inner city hospital in England. The man responded with "fuck off Paki" and worse but she was not deterred. The male patient was elderly and looked like life had handed him a raw deal. The doctor carried on with her work undeterred, polite at all times, even though she had worked a long shift.
This writer witnessed this incident and others during 13 years working in hospital ward administration roles for the NHS in England.
Last week Tory Health Minister Jeremy Hunt decided the negotiations on new junior contracts were going nowhere and he would simply impose them.
He then cleared off having timed the imposition with a parliamentary ten day or so recess.
Scared that protesting junior doctors may get into a planned event "Local Tories told ticketholders the event had been cancelled - but it was moved down the road and held for party members only."
Hunt's parting shot to the junior doctors at imposition was that his door would remain open for debate but it was been slammed shut and appears locked.
Apart from the current recess Hunt and other ministers pushing for an on-the-cheap 7 day fully functional NHS do not work seven days a week. Like NHS staff they may do some work at weekends but parliament is not fully functional seven days a week.
As the fallout continues playing fair is ditched.
The NHS has always tried to deter its staff particularly medical professionals from overuse of social media. That has been to protect patient confidentiality but now it appears it will be used to hold some of the protesting doctors to account.
ASDA a subsidiary of American firm Walmart monitors social media activity of its employers and hauls them over the coals if they dare bad mouth the company or a member of staff but that of course is open to abuse.
It seems Mr Hunt and his officials are trying to turn NHS England into Asda.
Health Education England is all but abandoning its junior doctors; the Guardian reports "Health Education England says implementation of contract will be key criterion for making decisions on investment in training."
Staff and the general public are being blackmailed, scared and their minds are being manipulated in order for Hunt to win his latest battle.
As one person tweeted "HEE are supposed to be representing trainees, not a govt whipping stick to bully through reform."
NHS staff and sensible citizens already realise it is about more than the junior doctor new working contracts.
It is about Hunt creating a lean money making health service that will be ripe for harvesting come TTIP. It is about dismantling the NHS bit by bit in order for some to make money.
And the junior doctors are just the start.
Hunt has committed to further changes in the contracts of other health service professionals once he has the junior doctors done and dusted.
One junior doctors view at the Guardian - Jeremy Hunt must back down – the survival of the NHS depends on it - Hannah Mitchell
[One doctor who went missing last week continues to be a casue for concern]
[Junior doctors can and will move to other parts of the UK or abroad as this contract imposition only affects England at this time]