Am I right in thinking the case against Jeremy Hunt’s planned contract for junior doctors is crowd-funded?
If so, isn’t it interesting?
The Conservatives have done everything in their power – short of an outright ban – to stop ordinary working people from being able to launch civil court action against unfair contracts such as that offered by Mr Hunt.
But he’s going to end up in court anyway (or at least, his lawyers are – and at huge cost to the taxpayer, no doubt).
I don’t think the Conservatives expected this. Their belief is that people are naturally selfish – like them – and the thought of banding together for the greater good will not occur to the plebs.
Crowd-funded cases like this show that if we pool our resources, we can put them out of reckoning.
Now all that is needed is a victory.
Junior doctors today urged the public to trust them with the future of the NHS as they prepared for a High Court showdown with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
The Justice for Health campaign, formed by five London doctors, insists it is acting in the best interests of patients by seeking to block new contracts due to be im-posed from next month as part of the Government’s drive towards a “seven-day NHS”.
The legal action is backed by £300,000 in public donations raised by a crowdfunding appeal. The group, who say they have never been politically active before, spoke out today as a report from The King’s Fund revealed the unprecedented strain on the NHS.
- Almost six million patients attended A&E between April and June.
- 90 per cent of inpatient beds were occupied — above safe limits.
- 3.9 million people were on a waiting list for treatment, the most for a decade.
A two-day High Court hearing will begin on September 19, after Mr Justice Green decided that concerns over the imposition of the junior doctors’ contract should be heard. Prior to forming Justice for Health, the medics — Ben White, Nadia Masood, Francesca Silman, Marie-Estella McVeigh and Amar Mashru — had never met.
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