I am a British doctor who fled the NHS to work Down Under: Here’s the shocking reality of working in Australia
- Dr Michael Mrozinski moved from the NHS
- He was shocked at being told to go home on time
A British doctor admits he was shocked when he was told to ‘go home on time’ during his first shift in Australia.
Dr Michael Mrozinski said it was ten past five on on his first day of work Down Under when his boss asked why he was ‘still here’.
‘I was so confused, you actually want me to go home? Madness,’ he said.
He had only stayed back ten minutes but soon realised Australians are much more laid back and value having a good work/life balance.
The young doctor has previously said his ‘worst day ever working in Australia is still better than his best day at the NHS’.
He also credited the move to Australia with ‘saving’ his passion for medicine.
Dr Michael Mrozinski said it was ten past five on on his first day of work Down Under when his boss asked why he was ‘still here’
‘It’s sad that I have to move to the other side of the world to achieve that, but it’s the best decision I ever made,’ he said.
And other medical professionals echoed his sentiments on Australia’s work/life balance.
‘So many people are transferring to Melbourne from the NHS. They have a little giggle when I tell them 40 people in the ER is busy,’ one man said.
‘I get scolded for not taking my tea breaks here,’ said a former NHS medic.
‘I had the same thing, only I am a nurse, I said I just needed to finish a few things and they said thy would do it,’ one woman wrote.
Others explained the importance of ‘heading home on the dot’.
‘Aussies never want to be at work, it is the best part of their culture,’ one said.
‘In my grad year, I was told to go home on time, and pick it up the next day. Otherwise I’m not valuing my time appropriately,’ said another.
Some also commented that doctors leaving on time is a matter of safety, not laziness.
‘A doctor’s mental health and ability to make the right call is important. We don’t want tired doctors,’ one woman said.
Dr Michael, pictured here with his partner, works in Queensland and is currently doing rounds in rural areas
One woman pleaded Dr Mike to ‘keep it to himself’.
‘Don’t tell the other doctors that are left here this, we won’t have any,’ she scolded.
Dr Mike has previously taken aim at people who try to scare doctors from relocating to Australia and says it is the best thing he’s ever done.