It is a joy to see that the sparks flew when someone criticised the junior doctors, showing that public support is still massively in favour of the people who already make huge sacrifices to heal us from injury and illness.
Junior doctors shouldn’t have to make any more sacrifices to satisfy an ignorant flunky like Jeremy Hunt.
An angry woman’s furious and bizarre rant against ‘greedy’ junior doctors earned her some angry boos from the audience on Question Time .
The audience member [interrupted] a junior doctor, who was explaining that the public are on the side of the striking doctors.
She began: “Nobody makes you work extra hours. You opt in for it. I’m sorry, it’s absolute rubbish.”
She claimed she used to work in A&E, before declaring that “in any job” you opt in or out of overtime.
She went on to make the astonishing claim that overworked junior doctors are just in it for the money – which did not go down well with the rest of the audience.
She said: “They do 79 hours because they push at the weekend because they want more money. It’s true.”
“You can’t force anybody to do over the 50 hours a week. They choose to physically do it. They put the patients at risk themselves.”
“I’m sorry, it’s all about money and it’s wrong.”
She then drifted into a bizarre argument comparing junior doctors legally withdrawing their labour to soldiers going AWOL.
“Anybody who goes AWOL should be sacked,” she fumed. “If you was in the military you’d be arrested for going AWOL.”
As the atmosphere in the room turned decidedly frosty, and people started to boo, she remonstrated: “…no….no…”
She went on: “The NHS don’t want them going off work. They are technically going AWOL. They are not turning up for their shifts, making people anxious by cancelling appointments. It’s their choice.”
“I’m sorry, anybody else in any other job would be sacked for that.”
For the record…
It is illegal to sack any worker who takes part in legally organised and balloted industrial action.
The junior doctors dispute has nothing to do with overtime. Doctors are striking because the Department of Health want to pay them less for hours they’re mandated to do.
Saturday day times and the hours between 7pm and 10pm on weekdays are to be reclassified as “core hours” under the new contract, which means they’ll be paid at a lower rate.
Doctors also argue the removal of financial penalties for employers who subject trainees to “fatiguing” working patterns could lead to hours being driven up, which would put patients at risk.
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