This goodwill gesture from the British Medical Association won’t mean a thing if Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt keeps up his bullying tactics.
The last This Writer heard, the Department of Health was refusing to negotiate on any more than one point out of more than 20 in the proposed new contract. That’s not good enough.
In the BBC story quoted below, Dr Johann Malawana of the BMA points out that the organisation opposes the Conservative Government’s contract in several key areas including the protection of patient safety and doctor’s working lives, and the recognition of unsocial hours.
That’s right: Jeremy Hunt’s contract will make patients less safe.
A lot of nonsense has been said about the junior doctors’ strike – mostly by the Tories and the mass media organs that support them. One such silliness is that the strikes threaten harm to patients.
Jeremy Hunt is threatening harm to patients.
That is why, despite the huge propaganda effort, the public firmly supports the junior doctors.
It is time the Conservative Government cut its losses and accepted defeat – for all our sakes.
The 48-hour junior doctors’ strike due to start next Tuesday in England has been called off by the British Medical Association
The decision comes as talks continue this week between the doctors’ union and the government about the disputed junior doctor contract in England.
The BMA said the move did not mean a deal had been reached.
A planned strike on Wednesday 10 February could still go ahead if the negotiations stall.
That stoppage is considered to be potentially the most disruptive as it is a complete walk-out, whereas next week’s one – like the 24-hour strike held last Tuesday – still saw junior doctors provide emergency cover.
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