Junior doctors have led by example, voting overwhelmingly to strike in the face of Jeremy Hunt’s draconian bid to force them to accept lower pay and worse working conditions.
The example they have set is by ensuring that the number of doctors voting has exceeded the Conservative Government’s planned minimum number required to vote in – and for – a strike. With 98 per cent of those casting a vote supporting this action, even the Tories can’t argue against it.
Instead, they are saying junior doctors have been unreasonable in refusing to negotiate – but of course Jeremy Hunt is himself refusing to negotiate on 22 points in his 23-point offer.
They are saying they are offering an 11 per cent pay rise for junior doctors – proven to be a 22 per cent cut.
And Jeremy Hunt has repeated his claims that weekend hospital care is poor, despite having been told time and time again that he is wrong.
He is in a hole. He dug it himself. And he is determined to go on digging.
Because he doesn’t care about the National Health Service. He wants to ruin it.
Junior doctors in England have overwhelmingly voted in favour of going on strike in their dispute with ministers over a new contract.
Some 98% voted in favour of a full strike and 99% in favour of action just short of a full strike.
The first walk-out will start on 1 December with another two dates earmarked for later in the month.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the doctors’ decision was “very, very disappointing” news.
And he rejected calls for talks to be held at conciliation service Acas, although he would not rule it out completely.
“Study after study has shown that our mortality rates at weekends are too high,” he said.
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