Trust me, i'm a doctor
The announcement from a group of 900 doctors that the government should look at moving away from an entirely tax-funded system of health is an interesting one. The obvious question is: why should we listen to them? Is it because they are experts who know the health service inside out? They are professionals after all. Or do they represent 'the producer interest' ' a phrase we keep hearing recently. In which case, why should we listen to them at all? Shouldn't we be listening to service users instead? Or what about a third option: they are a group of people who hold a [deeply] political view, and have found a way of expressing it?
The first two options seem pretty one-dimensional, but it's perhaps hardest to know what to do with the third one. If they are just a bunch of people with some views on the world, does it even matter that they happen to be doctors? When does the professional get political? And when (+ why) should we listen?