A friend and colleague, Dr Peter Gordon tendered his resignation as a medical doctor this week. As a fellow Spartan, I felt very sad, but I also strangely triumphant (for him) about his decision, as the rationale for his resignation is truly noble. To have the honour of knowing another person willing to stand up for what he believes in, is a great privilege.
Outside of the ‘medical system’, Peter may, if he so chooses, be able to bring about the much needed change, as he can be an even louder activist. Whilst a loss to his patients, this choice, in my opinion, is courageous. Sometimes, being constrained by a Registrar, or an organisation, means you have to be less than honest about your thoughts and opinions.
Otherwise what happens too frequently, as he, and many of us have found out, you will be asked to leave, bullied, or if a health care professional, even risk losing your license to practice.