How can a BBC reporter hold his head up high and claim the junior doctors are striking over pay, while standing in front of a woman holding a placard saying “Tired doctors make mistakes”?

If you thought the Corporation’s pitiful coverage of protests against austerity was bad, then you should be as incensed as This Writer at the latest scandal, which is likely to be broadcast on all its news outlets, all day.

For goodness’ sake, BBC: Doctors are striking for SAFETY, not selfishness!

If you still think it’s about pay, read the following:

160306JuniorDoctorDisputeExplainedPerhaps the most pertinent words in all the above are these: “No junior doctor ever asked for a pay rise.”

It speaks volumes about the situation when doctors have to try to stop the government from harming patient safety.

That’s why 7,000 doctors gathered outside Downing Street:

160309juniordoctorsdowningstreet

It’s why public opinion remains solidly on the side of the junior doctors (as the BBC reporter glumly admitted on the lunchtime bulletin). Here’s Sue Perkins, who commented during an appearance on Channel 4’s The Last Leg:

160309sueperkinsonjuniordoctorsPerhaps the BBC would be better-off directing its news reporters to broadcast the real reason doctors are having to strike – the disastrous misdirection of the NHS under Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

All of his actions so far have been intended to produce one result – a result he described in his book Direct Democracy, all the way back in 2005:

160309huntNHSprivatisationThat is what the junior doctors’ strike is all about.

Isn’t it time the BBC got the picture?

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