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This Writer can only agree with Rufus Hound, whose tweet brought this to my attention: “This, from The Sun, is a disgusting, deliberate misleading of its readers. We expect nothing more/less, I suppose.”

We shouldn’t expect better. Look at the lies:

Junior doctors are described as militants and their union, the British Medical Association, as “hard-left”. In what parallel universe would that be?

Again, the claim is that this is a row over Saturday pay. Let’s have some perspective on that:

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is said to have “bent over backwards” for the junior doctors and the editorial states he must not concede their “final demand” – when in fact Hunt would only allow negotiation on one of around 23 points in his new contract. So the final demand is also the last resort.

The claim that “Doctors have no right to abandon emergency patients in order to swell their bank balances” is so dishonest the BMA should prosecute.

For those who are easily-led and may believe this slurry:

Doctors are not striking for more pay. The new contract means they will lose money.

Doctors are striking out of fears for patient safety. The claim that they are endangering patients is not true. Or has everybody forgotten the consultant on the BBC’s Question Time who promised that he would cover for them and nobody would be harmed?

In short, there is only one conclusion to be drawn from this evil screed:

Don’t buy – or read – The Sun.

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