This is a very intelligent move.

What it says is, let’s see if the Welsh health service is as bad as David Cameron says it is by asking junior doctors whether they would prefer to cross the border or stay in England.

The result could be humiliating for the Conservative Government.

The Labour-controlled Welsh government has launched a bold and pointedly political recruitment campaign to attract junior doctors across the border from England.

Just weeks before planned strike action in England over a hugely controversial new contract, the Welsh health minister, Mark Drakeford, has released a recruitment video claiming his devolved government had a “partnership approach” to negotiations.

Drakeford is emphasising that the NHS was “born in Wales” and argues that the service there is all about getting care to the people who most need it – not to those who can afford to pay or know the right people.

For several years, David Cameron has heavily criticised the way the devolved government in Cardiff has run the health service and it was a key battleground during the election campaign.

The problems faced by the Tories in Westminster and health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, in particular over the junior doctors’ contract are seen as an opportunity for the Welsh government as it bids to recruit more young health professionals – and to hit back over its record.

Source: Welsh government in drive to recruit junior doctors from England | Society | The Guardian

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