I'm still trying t get my head around the fact anaethetists are in charge o 'pain management' services.....the typical perception of both of the duties hardly lend themselves to being seen as sitting side by side naturally, or the training and knowledge for one being of much relevance to the other. But maybe I just hold inaccurate perceptions of what anaethetists and 'pain management' staff do.....Regardless, I guess they know what they're doing, and there's a perfecty good and logical reason why things are done the way they are......hopefully.
Reading between the lines it would seem they were hoping to wing it, for a time anyway, by using a succession of locums to fill gaps in staff....How realistic that was/is, who knows, and maybe its a plan put in place as part of the political game, to try and purposely create public outcry to use as leverage to obtain more Govt. funding.....or maybe not. Locums seem still to be the plan for traditional anaethetist services, and its just the 'pain' side of the role thats been flagged up as the problematic one to use locums for - why I have no idea, as I'd have thought any adequately trained person with the assistance of adequate records would be perfectly able to take any pain patient's treatment forward, but I'm probably missing something with that?
Having met the tender mercies of NHS Shetland full on, I most definitely am entrenched in the 'suffer on in silence camp' - they created the mess I have to try and live with, and I sure as hell ain't handing a shovel to them to dig my hole any deeper. It seems to be beneficial and in demand from others though, which is fine, good luck to you for not being dealt a black aces and eights hand by the dealer at the NHS, and those folk deserve an explanation and a decent reliable service - neither of which anything anywhere near the Govt. have managed very well in a long time, and not least as its all our taxes that we're not getting back on like we were promised.