*rolls eyes*

Dear Mr Hunt

I am seriously sorry because this one is going to be a huge rant. I literally cannot even that is how annoyed I am right now.

Both of my parents are doctors, and they are about 15 months away from finishing their consultant training, but even with that amount of time to go they are still junior doctors.

Yes, this is an angry rant at Jeremy Hunt. And that was the introduction.

Dear Mr Hunt,

Hi. Let me introduce myself. I am the child of 2 junior doctors. Literally all my family are doctors. I am fourteen years old and originally being a doctor was one of my career choices but now I’m definitely not going in that direction. Can you guess why?

People are leaving Britain because they think that the NHS is going down the drain- to Canada, New Zealand, the USA, etc. because they know just how awful you are making the NHS. The main reason for this is that they know doctors will have to work longer hours for less pay, and this means that we have less doctors. Another problem caused by this contract is that less and less students will want to be doctors, much less work in the NHS, then we will have even less medics in England. That really doesn’t sound good does it?

Also, people do get tired after 10 hours of work. Doing this 6 days a week is absolutely ridiculous. Weekends are a time for rest, and more importantly a time for the family. If you look at the UN’s human rights act you will noticed that there is one right that you are in direct breach of- the right to a family life. While there is of course parents who don’t see their kids often, right now these are ones who do so by choice, but now you will be creating thousands of children whose parents are forced to spend ridiculous amounts of time away from them. You work about 2 days a week, never on Saturdays and are always pictured happy with your children. How would you feel if you only had about 11 hours a week to spend with your children? Or if you were a child whose parents missed every music concert, every debate, every single football game just because back in 2016 some posh bloke with zilch common sense decided they weren’t allowed to be with you?

Are you trying to make everyone resent you? Or do you just enjoy acting like Miss Trunchbull?

Another point of interest is how you constantly suggest things that would cause harm to junior doctors, and then you try to act like you’re actually on their side. And then you just kind of do this God-awful creepy smile like you’re trying to be nice, but it doesn’t make people like you it just infuriates them even more.

 Oh I’m sorry are you feeling bad? Do you not like being told you are a hypocrite and that you don’t work enough? Well tough because that’s exactly what you are doing to doctors all over England.

You know who else tried to destroy an establishment through means of ‘reform’? Umbridge,- and I am sure there is a lot of people hoping you get scared out of office by the Weasleys and a bunch of fireworks.

I’m sorry if you feel bad about everyone turning against you and protesting against your ideas. I’m so sorry if it hurts your ego when people insult you- it’s not like your out-of-context ‘statistics’ hurt the doctors who devote their lives to saving your life, or your mother’s life, your wife’s or your children’s.  And I’m especially sorry if you were hoping for an Ed Miliband-style group of supporters who would back you in everything you do, because there is no way that would happen.

Sincerely,

An ordinary kid. (of junior doctor parentage)

Trains vs Brains- Pakistan’s so-called Dilemma

In Pakistan there is quite a noticeable problem with the education system. The children who turn up to school may find their teachers have not bothered to do the same, and many children don’t go at all.

My family in Pakistan are considerably well off. My cousins, who are 15 and 9 respectively, both speak perfect English and both earn high grades, as a result of being able to gain places at a private school, which attains a standard that is equivalent, if not better, than my own school in the UK- with a range of extra-curricular activities and high GCSE marks, but if you compare these with government schools, there is a steep drop.

In the cities, teachers are usually better qualified and children get better grades- but in more rural areas that just doesn’t happen. In some cases, teachers aren’t hired on merit, but because of political affiliation, and these teachers sometimes don’t even turn up. The curriculum varies from school to school as well, so, unlike in the UK, every school teaches different things.

Ever since I can remember, there have always been children begging in the streets of Pakistan, and I once asked my parents why. They simply replied that their parents couldn’t afford to send them to school, so they were trying to earn for their family. There is an education policy in Pakistan, but it isn’t implemented, meaning that there is still a large amount of children, and adults in Pakistan who are illiterate.

You would think reforming this flawed system would be first on the government’s list?

Well, that’s not the case.

In Pakistan there is also quite a noticeable problem with the government.

This government is planning on building bullet trains and brand-new motorways- which would be admirable had they first sorted out the issue of schooling.

“Tell me, how will children go to school if there are no motorways for them to travel by?” was a recent question posed by the chief minister of Punjab when asked about this topic.

Well, the answer is, quite easily, considering the motorways, designed to improve communication, aren’t really that close to the least educated areas- and that children wouldn’t need to travel that far to get to school if they simply built more schools.

And there are so many more things in Pakistan that need to be prioritized before roads- from the shortage of electricity, to providing decent law and order, from creating a better healthcare system to pulling down the VIP system. There are real problems in Pakistan, and the government causes the majority of them.

Casting Shadows Sophie McKenzie Review

Casting Shadows is the third book in the Flynn Series by Sophie McKenzie, and boy is it amazing. The book is about Flynn and River, sixth formers and- yes this is a love story.

Well, kind of. Sophie McKenzie wrote Girl, Missing and the Blood Ties Serieseses so I guess she just couldn’t stop herself from putting something like this in the book. This is because Flynn has serious anger issues. He comes from a broken home and he had a drunk dad and two sisters and his mum lives in a small flat and-

Forget this. I’ll just start from the beginning.

In the first book, Falling Fast, Flynn and River meet on the set of their school production of Romeo and Juliet (I know what you’re thinking, but River is a nurse in this). This book shows that Flynn comes from a broken home, and can barely afford the books he has from school. It also points out his need for anger management classes.

River is a normal girl who has no problems whatsoever.

In this book, it shows River and Flynn in Sixth Form, and introduces a new character, Leo, who is a person of his own.

Alright, if I say anything more it will either be a spoiler or it will be as tongue tied and weird as before, so, read this book, its really nice and recommended for 11-16.