The way our news media slant their reports on major issues – while claiming to be impartial – is fascinating.
Here’s The Guardian‘s latest report on the junior doctors’ strike planned for Tuesday and Wednesday:
Hospitals are finalising plans to help them cope with 48 hours of unprecedented disruption after a last-ditch attempt by MPs to avoid this week’s all-out strikes by NHS junior doctors failed to break the deadlock between them and the health secretary.
Specialists from other hospital departments will be drafted into A&E units on Tuesday and Wednesday to help with the extra pressures caused by junior doctors’ decision to withdraw cover from emergency care areas for the first time in the NHS’s 68-year history.
Hospitals are asking patients to stay away from A&E during the walkouts, which will be staged from 8am to 5pm each day, unless it is an emergency and are bringing in consultants as cover. A total of 12,711 non-urgent operations and 112,856 outpatient appointments have been cancelled as part of determined efforts to ensure patients’ safety when there are far fewer doctors on duty than usual.
And here’s the BBC version:
Planned all-out strikes by junior doctors in England this week could threaten the safety of patients, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned.
Hospitals are making final preparations for the latest walkouts – on Tuesday and Wednesday – when emergency care will be affected for the first time.
Mr Hunt said the “extreme” action would be “deeply worrying for patients”.
Which do you believe?
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