They have driven NHS doctors to a point at which they can do nothing other than withdraw their services – temporarily at the moment, although I can see it becoming permanent if Hunt persists.
It’s a win-win situation for Hunt – either he gets to put doctors on impossible contracts that will harm patient health or the NHS starts to implode.
And there are always swivel-eyed loons who will support him – we only have to watch last week’s BBC Question Time for proof of that!
It is therefore vitally important that those of us who support the doctors, support the National Health Service, and support the principle of universal health care continue to publicise the message that supporting the doctors is in the best interests of all of us.
Please spread the word.
More than 2,500 consultants, GPs and senior doctors have signed a letter to David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt in support of their striking junior colleagues, and offering assurance that patients will be kept safe during next week’s walkout.
Junior doctors represented by the BMA are planning their first all-out strikes on 26 and 27 April – the first time in the history of the NHS that they have threatened a full withdrawal of labour.
In the letter, senior doctors say they are disappointed that negotiations between their junior colleagues and the government have broken down.
“As senior clinicians who deliver healthcare on the frontline on a daily basis, we understand their frustrations and their actions,” it says. “Stretching an already limited resource across [seven] days does not improve patient care, rather diminishes it, and will also result in the demoralisation of an entire generation of junior doctors.
“We are keen to work with you to improve patient care, but this will come with clinical engagement, not disempowerment.”
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