Junior doctors are on strike again. How much support can they expect?

Is this the issue? Has doctors’ pay been reduced so they can be handed over cheaply to private, profit-making companies?

Junior doctors have walked out for a four-day strike, starting early this morning (Tuesday, April 11, 2023).

The mass-media jungle drums are already making their noises about disruption to services, threat to lives (this is nonexistent – a lie) and unacceptable demands (this is also untrue, as I’ll demonstrate below).

Peter Stefanovic of the CWU has made a great little video clip explaining what’s going on and pointing out that junior doctors have had a quarter of their income cut by Tories who haven’t accepted the same strictures, and are saying that restoring that income is unreasonable while maintaining their own wasn’t. Can you smell the hypocrisy?

All the Tory talk about pay is nonsense – well, see and hear it for yourself:

Mr Stefanovic’s words are supported by those of a junior doctor interviewed on the picket line today:

Health secretary Steve Barclay is apparently missing from the debate today – but we do have comments he made earlier. Take note of the question put by the person who wrote the following tweet:

Of course it wasn’t fair to cut junior doctors’ pay, especially when MPs haven’t taken a similar cut themselves.

Sadly, one person on whom junior doctors cannot rely for support is Labour leader Keir Starmer. He’s another hypocrite, it seems:

Shame on him.

I would ask who you support but in this case I think the question is redundant.

The MPs who have lost nothing are refusing to support entirely reasonable demands by doctors who are effectively being forced to work three months of the year for free.

It is an impossible situation. As the junior doctor at the top of this piece said, it means fewer people in the workforce and a higher workload, forcing doctors to work longer hours while still being made to feel that they are failing their patients. That causes poor morale.

I wonder how many are dropping out of work due to mental ill-health, like the civil servants in another Vox Political article, published earlier?

The answer is the same as I stated in that piece:

You simply employ enough staff to get the job done within normal working hours, and pay them a salary that adequately compensates them for the time they put in and the expertise they bring to the work.

And instead of berating them for failure, you make sure that they are praised for success.

Not only will morale and mental health improve, meaning fewer days’ work will be lost due to illness, but the quality of the work will improve and the people carrying it out will want to stay in the job – because they’re good at it, it’s rewarding and the atmosphere is welcoming.

That’s how you motivate a workforce and keep its members healthy.

But – as I also stated – this will never happen under a Conservative government.

With junior doctors – or anybody working for the National Health Service, the issue is worsened by the fact that the Tories have been selling this huge national asset to private companies piecemeal and are trying either to push staff into taking jobs with the privateers or to make it possible to sell the NHS to them with low payroll costs.

So, whichever way you slice it, the villain of the piece is clear.

The fault for this strike lies entirely with the Conservative government. Please show your support for the junior doctors wherever and whenever you can.

Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Be among the first to know what’s going on! Here are the ways to manage it:

1) Register with us by clicking on ‘Subscribe’ (in the right margin). You can then receive notifications of every new article that is posted here.

2) Follow VP on Twitter @VoxPolitical

3) Like the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VoxPolitical/

Join the Vox Political Facebook page.

4) You could even make Vox Political your homepage at http://voxpoliticalonline.com

5) Join the uPopulus group at https://upopulus.com/groups/vox-political/

6) Join the MeWe page at https://mewe.com/p-front/voxpolitical

7) Feel free to comment!

And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!

If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!

Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.

The Livingstone Presumption is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here:


1 thought on “Junior doctors are on strike again. How much support can they expect?

  1. nivekd

    UK! Listen up!

    Sadly people haven’t listened up. What What Senator Sanders warns against below is HERE! The English national health service has been replaced by 42 American accountable care systems.

    This morning we’ve been supporting the junior doctors on their picket lines. Why? Because their pay claim is justified. But because they are fighting also to restore OUR health service.

    Does anyone you know seriously believe that the American for profit health system is better than what we had?


Comments are closed.