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This sounds like a crazy idea and what would they all do. However it is possible that they could sell their services back to the NHS on contracts that each one of them negotiates separately. This of course would be an adminstration nightmare but it means that not only would the health service return to its previous state but also that 20,000 juniors do not flood the market for jobs that are non medical.
I have been mulling the huge dilemmas faced by both sides in this crisis and its not an easy situation to resolve.
With regard to doctors changing career - I have never found any difficulty helping a medic diversify their career - portfolio wise or radical change away from medicine. However - could I do this for 20,000 all in one week - or even staggered over 6 months - no. At the end of the day most medics just want to be good clinicians and do what they have trained to do. It would be a soul destroying task to attempt to redeploy that number of medics.
What would need to happen for mass resignation to take place? Firstly trainee hands in notice then goes away for a short sabbatical or holiday at the end of their notice period ( for some this will be one month and for many - three) and writes to their department to say that they are available for work from x date and here is a provisional contract.
Is this a good idea? Well it has pros and cons.
Pros - trainees cost a lot to train - so it makes sense to retain them
Trainees would get contracts that they themselves have negotiated ( with help from BMA perhaps)
Cons - a hiatus where trainees not earning and most will have outgoings and not have huge savings so this will be difficult for some, impossible for some and possible for some
The negotiation of 20,000 different contracts would not happen fast.
Having everyone on a different contract is not going to make life easy for anyone.
Is the whole situation merely going to lead to privatisation?
But- mass resignation does achieve one thing - the boot on the other foot.
However its outcome is unpredictable.
Bit like Brexit
Only this is Docxit.