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morningtoncrescent62 Mon 01-May-17 08:30:21

A sudden flurry of posts following Cal's death has brought us to the end of the last thread. So let's continue as we were - there's so many unanswered questions. Have we seen the last of Gem as she heads back to incarceration? How will Charlie and Duffy cope with Robyn and the baby? Who is next in line to be stabbed? Will the illegal strike continue now that Cal isn't there to lead it? And most of all, will Ethan be reunited with his specs?

DubiousCredentials Mon 01-May-17 08:32:43

It only took just over two years to fill the last thread 😂

FrancisCrawford Mon 01-May-17 08:36:22

Great summation!


Will Jacob stop delivering his latest nes as if he is a Klingon speaking a foreign language phonetically?

Will the RSPCA prosecute Connie for abandoning the puppy?

Will Charlie ever learn to look at people when he is speaking to them?

morningtoncrescent62 Mon 01-May-17 08:39:57

From the old thread...

It's the trade union who call for a strike, not individual workers. The union has to organise the ballot and then give 14 days notice of strike action to the employer.

This aspect is really bugging me. Strike action is being made to look like it's an unregulated free-for-all to be used by individuals at will in order to further their personal vendettas. When actually it's a highly-regulated last resort, after all attempts at collective negotiation have broken down.

OK, so there's lots of stuff on Casualty that is unrealistic and stretches credibility. But given the junior doctors' dispute at the moment, plus the and desperately restrictive new trade union legislation, I can't help but wonder if there's a political motivation here.

YY to the person who asked if anyone remembers Charlie as union rep. He was a feisty young thing back in the day!

DubiousCredentials Mon 01-May-17 08:42:58

I suppose Cal dying could have solved the problem of having to get rid of one of the doctors? Plus Lily will be off sick for maybe one episode so that will save a few quid.

Will next week be too soon for the funeral (that we won't see) and the obvious wake afterwards at the only pub in Holby. Apart from the other one that they go to in Holby City hmm.

yaela123 Mon 01-May-17 08:50:22

I suppose Cal dying could have solved the problem of having to get rid of one of the doctors? Plus Lily will be off sick for maybe one episode so that will save a few quid.

Good point, but I bet they don't, cos you know, the storyline

Optimist1 Mon 01-May-17 08:57:45

Is it posible that the action that Cal, Ethan and the others took was actually a work to rule rather than a strike? I was under the impression that they'd all actually finished their shifts and had refused to cover the following shift. I've no idea about the legal requirements for a work to rule, though!

FrancisCrawford Mon 01-May-17 09:24:10

There is a picket line, so regardless of the type of action, this can only happen when the proper procedures for industrial action have been followed. We even had the scenario of Robyn, who would be in a different union, joining the picket line.

I'm pretty shocked at the ignorance of the Casualty production team. Either they can't be arsed to get very basic facts right (a quick Google would enlighten them) or they have an anti union agenda.

I agree that this hints very strongly at anti union sentiment.

RJnomore1 Mon 01-May-17 09:25:57

I'm still gutted about cal.

emochild Mon 01-May-17 09:46:07

But will Ethan have any time off because his brother -the only member of family he had -was killed?

I'm guessing not

morningtoncrescent62 Mon 01-May-17 10:12:58

But will Ethan have any time off because his brother -the only member of family he had -was killed?

I think he's going to take body-building classes and go after the murderer. Either that, or the murderer whose name entirely escapes me will be in another life-threatening fight and Ethan after much soul-searching will save his life causing Duffy to put her head on one side and look concerned, and Charlie to do his mouth-in-a-straight-line thing.

bebox Mon 01-May-17 10:49:00

Are Iain and Lily going to become the new Max and Zoe?

emochild Mon 01-May-17 11:03:00

Probably except a doctor dating a professionally trained and degree educated paramedic is slightly more realistic than a senior registrar dating a porter -who according to Saturday's episode is only 28 so also with a huge age gap

FabulouslyGlamorousFerret Mon 01-May-17 13:18:37

Why has Sam rocked up from the states and taken over the hospital?! Duffy, Robyn Louise need to be next on Stabby McStabbersons hit list I think!

HCantThinkOfAUsername Mon 01-May-17 14:34:01

place marking still in shock from sat night!

TizzyDongue Mon 01-May-17 17:27:39

Still not sorry to see Cal go. He was annoying Sorry Cal fans!

DubiousCredentials Mon 01-May-17 17:33:50

Sam has only taken over the ED, no mention of him in Holby City which is odd considering he is supposed to be Medical Director and in charge of Super Important Stuff like budgets.

He also had a long term partner who was pregnant when he first popped back up. Maybe she's looking after Grace's puppy?

emochild Mon 01-May-17 18:27:17

Speaking of grace

Where is she?

FrancisCrawford Mon 01-May-17 18:59:50

I don't think we have been told that Ian did a degree. He was in the army beforehand.

I agree that the pairing of Lily and Ian is very odd, in terms of personalities alone, far less the fact that Lily is very conscious about status.

TizzyDongue Mon 01-May-17 20:13:10

Speaking of grace

Where is she?

Possibly with the dog, or looking for him.

emochild Mon 01-May-17 21:54:15


The majority of paramedics are degree qualified now, those that aren't have passed 3 years training that's roughly equivalent

As far as I know army training isn't transferable

FrancisCrawford Mon 01-May-17 22:43:05

I didn't say Ian did anything medical in the army, just that we were told he was in the army before joining the ambulance service. Nothing was said about any degree, so that's just conjecture.

According to the NHS website you can join the ambulance service with GCSE as a student paramedic and train on the job. certainly that seems to be the route Jezz is following.

FrancisCrawford Mon 01-May-17 23:07:29

Doing a quick Google reveals that Ian joined the ambulance service as a student and qualified as a paramedic in 2014, so would appear to have done NHS training on the job route, not a degree.

Are there figures for number of paramedics who qualify on the job v those who get a degree?

FrancisCrawford Mon 01-May-17 23:10:11

I was wrong about Jezz though - he does have a degree.

he's still a plonker though. I'd much prefer to have Ian treating me.

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