It’s only a few days since the Torygraph published a story, purportedly by a junior doctor, on why he “no longer” supported the strike. There was only one problem.
Nobody at the paper had checked Adam Dalby’s background – or they knew about it and were reckless about the possibility that others would research him too. He has no general medical experience.
Now we have a claim that the strikes have built up a “lethal backlog” of patients – despite the fact that consultants covered for the striking doctors and the only operations that were cancelled were non-urgent.
This Writer agrees with the comment about the story by a referrer on Facebook, who wrote, sarcastically, “So it’s NOT about cutting budgets and asking hospitals to cut yet more – it’s all about those irresponsible doctors, ‘creating’ a crisis.
“Even for the right-wing press, this attempt to shift blame is clumsy.
“This is about cutting staff, cutting budgets, cutting the NHS. Which is ALL the Tories ever want to do.”
But you won’t see anyone saying that in the Torygraph article’s comment column – because there isn’t one. Readers are being denied a right to respond – which is a shame because the box-out about the reasons for the strike is drivel and creates a dangerous false impression.
I notice this story has been picked up by the Independent, whose editors ought to know better.
Will either of these establishments run follow-up articles when their scaremongering proves baseless?
Two days of strikes by junior doctors have created a “lethal backlog” of patients, experts have warned, amid fears hospitals will become overloaded over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Hospitals are braced for a deluge of cases, as thousands of patients who put off going to Accident & Emergency departments during the walkouts turn to their local hospitals en masse.
NHS officials said they were concerned that demand for healthcare would surge just as GP practices across the country close for a three day weekend.
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