Most of the engineering technicians working in healthcare I have ever had the pleasure of knowing have shared your passion, enthusiasm and commitment, David. In my view, it "goes with the turf" as they say.
Personally, I have never noticed any resentment from the other staff in the hospital(s). In fact, in my experience, the usual sentiment has been one of gratitude.
I've also been long enough in the game to have observed (on quite a few occasions) techs who have come into the "trade" and then the next thing you know they think that are medics. I have always "discouraged" that sort of thing myself, largely on ethical grounds (that is, unethical)!
In fact I would argue that we need to distinguish
ourselves from the medics, not become more integrated, if only for the sake of not misleading the patients!
You're right that registration may well become compulsory ... that is, forced upon us (but so what ... how about CORGI registered gas engineers?), but even then we shall not become "medical professionals" (or even "clinical technologists"), however much some folk want to dress it up. You claim that you "speak for most", Mate ... but somehow I doubt that.
If that were to be the case, how come there is so much debate about the issue? Why doesn't everyone simply join the Register in eager anticipation (about its benefits) and good grace (believing it to be a "good thing", or whatever)?
Certificates, names on lists, bits of paper and all the rest doesn't make anyone "equal". And who wants to be considered "equal" (to lab techs et al
) anyway? Especially as "better than" has always been the case in general!
If what we are really talking about here is recognition and respect, well ... there are other, time-honoured, ways of achieving (earning) those.
As I must have said a million times, we are engineering technicians, and registration with the Engineering Council is more than sufficient.