Clearly, the fact that the government is prepared to behave in this way shows it is untrustworthy. How can junior doctors negotiate with an organisation that is prepared to lie about the effects of their action?
Note also that, in the source article, the Department of Health tried to say the planned industrial action creates a major safety risk.
Firstly, this is not the same as a Paris-style terror attack.
Secondly, the only reason industrial action is planned is the government’s intended imposition of unfair pay and working conditions.
So – let us be clear on this – it is the Conservative Government that is creating a major safety risk, not junior doctors.
Government officials encouraged an NHS boss to make a letter that raised concerns over whether striking junior doctors could respond to a Paris-style terror attack as “hard edged” as possible, it has been claimed.
Emails revealed Sir Bruce Keogh’s letter, which expressed concerns about the possible impact of a major incident, was revised several times by Whitehall officials.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt was also given a chance to approve the text, which was sent to the British Medical Association (BMA) in November.
It comes as talks between the government and the BMA continue in a bid to reach a resolution that will prevent three upcoming periods of strike action.
With one day to go before the first strike was announced, a Department of Health official told Sir Bruce the potential risk of a “major incident” would be “pressed quite hard in the media once the strike is formally announced”.
He was also advised that “the more hard-edged you can be on this, the better”.
Jeremy Hunt also assured Sir Bruce that he would not have to speak to the media on the day the strike was announced “so long as” his letter made clear his opposition to the walk-out.
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