48-hour junior doctors’ strike called off

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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.

Source: 48-hour junior doctors’ strike called off – BBC News

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8 thoughts on “48-hour junior doctors’ strike called off

  1. David Woods

    Wouldn’t a good way around this be to make sure that any MP or member of their family is seen by and only by Junior Doctors! Tired or not!

    1. David

      What a sensible idea. It might, like the realisation that one is going to be hanged in the morning, concentrate a few minds. But has Jeremy “slipofthetongue” a mind, anyway?

    2. Phil Lee

      Sadly, that would be almost entirely useless, as any MPs that are backing Mr rhyming slang will have private health insurance for themselves and their families.

  2. joanna

    I hope junior doctors remain resolute!!! They do not deserve to be shafted by anyone! They have paid enough for their education and worked hard to deserve the respect their profession should bring with it!!!

    1. chriskitcher

      But it is up to us, as members of the public, who want to keep the NHS to make this clear to Mr rhyming slang that we will not accept his treatment of Junior Doctors or any other group for that matter and that we are willing to stand in defiance against this.

    2. John

      From what I know about this, I can’t see junior docs backing down on this one. What’s the point of going all out to protest to protect your working conditions, then at the end of it, just bending over backwards and taking it. Wouldn’t it make the docs look a bit stupid?

  3. mohandeer

    It is totally unjustifiable that Jeremy Hunt is prepared to put patients lives at risk.
    All of us who want to save the NHS should make it quite clear if we are awaiting treatment ie a minor heart op at Papworth, that we can wait in order to assist the doctors and the MBA in their fight against JH.
    Well said Joanna!

  4. Terry Davies

    the Hunt ‘assault’ on junior doctors is merely a dry – run for tories to attack nurses and public sector. this is a measurement of what they can force on health workers to promote their privatisation schemes in NHS and the public sector. A general strike to force a no confidence vote in the government is long overdue.

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