Tom Goodfellow

If the new contract is dangerous, monitor and gather the evidence

The news that the BMA has suspended (sic) the proposed series of five day strikes is to be welcomed unreservedly. These would undoubtedly have caused re...

Most juniors are going to find a five-day strike unacceptable and unethical

This nation, like much of the West, has largely abandoned and indeed trashed our Judeo-Christian heritage. This started in the Victorian era, and has re...

Shouldn’t the Chairman of BMA Council do the honourable thing, and resign?

That Jeremy Hunt survived PM Theresa May’s “night of the long knives” suggests that she still retains a modicum of confidence in him (or that the hol...

Juniors contract dispute: let’s hope they can find some common ground in this week’s talks

With bated breath we all wait for white smoke to emerge from the chimneys above wherever it is the BMA and the Government are holding their long awaited ta...

Juniors, BMA and Hunt need to untangle themselves from the ‘drama triangle’

Years ago I was house surgeon to the late Sir Alan Parks, a past President of the Royal College of Surgeons. I remember him saying that if you are in an ar...

Junior doctors – please put away your placards and turn up for work

In my last blog I stated that I had concluded that the BMA were heading to defeat on the issue of the junior doctor’s contract. My primary reason was...

Today’s NHS problems have their roots in the target-driven culture

When I was a medical student at The London in the late 60’s/70’s a regular lunch time event was the post mortem demonstration in the pathology departme...

Even Christmas cannot escape the creeping censorship which is invading our society

It is that time of the year again when tinsel and tat are dredged up and festooned around the wards and departments to appease the pagan gods of Yuletide. ...

Schadenfreude is an exquisite dish but it can leave a bitter taste

It has been nearly a year since I hung up my ultrasound probe, switched off the PACS monitor for the last time, cleared my desk and wiped off all the incri...

“Too many clinical decisions are being influenced by non-clinical funders”

The “not for profit” organisation, of which I am a long-standing trustee, has recently been engaged in a prolonged and difficult discussion with one of...

The Human Tissue Act and the worrying skeletons in my closet

“Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones, Now hear the word of the Lord” (James Johnson, Spiritual based on Ezekiel, 37:1-14) I wonder what happe...