Another scare for the NHS, and this time it's serious. Large numbers of doctors, some of them young, are looking to move abroad. now why would they want to do that? Is it possible they're just a tad weary of being treated like kids, pushed around and told they're rubbish, being re-organised yet again to serve a political agenda that has no connection with good medicine? Just possibly.
This feels so familiar from education, where there isn't the same ease of transfer to other countries - and the professionals involved have less money with which to make such a move. But the principle's the same. If you create a hostile environment, encourage ministers to attack the work that people are doing, then they don't feel so committed and they start looking for alternatives. It's not rocket science, just basic management. When did we last have a government minister that people wanted to work for?