Junior doctors’ strike day three: time for some righteous anger?

Their reason for striking: and its the only image I currently have of striking junior doctors (sorry).

I wish I had seen this clip earlier. It says everything about the government’s side of the junior doctors’ strike:

“You’ve done bugger-all about it. People have died, and all you’ve done is nothing.”

That’s a pretty good summary of Health Secretary Steve Barclay’s behaviour all round, really, isn’t it?

So, Thursday (April 13, 2023) was the third day of the latest junior doctors’ strike. And what happened?

Well, I’m going to cheat a bit, but this circular video happened, and it makes a fool of Jacob Rees-Mogg, which is always good when you consider he’s in line to lose his Parliamentary seat at the next election.

Take a look:

Also cheating: Jonathan Pie resurrected an old video that has become relevant again. Here it is:

On the other side, here’s Keir Starmer, sitting on his Parliamentary salary that is as near to parity with its 2010 level as makes no difference, telling junior doctors to accept their 35 per cent pay cut and get stuffed:

All right, nit-pickers. With the derisory two per cent the government has offered, it’s a 33 per cent pay cut. A whole third of the value of what they were being paid a few years ago, before the Tories slithered into government again.

And Starmer supports that cut.

There’s trouble in his home camp, though:

On the other hand, Green Party co-leader Carla Denyer (she’s based in Bristol, This Writer’s original home town) has been on the picket lines with strikers. She said:

“Junior doctors are absolutely right to call for their pay to be restored to pre-austerity levels. Most people clearly agree that it is unacceptable for junior doctors to work ever longer hours while being asked to accept a real terms pay cut. A new poll shows 54% of the public back junior doctors taking action, while only 26% oppose.

“Years of government underfunding has pushed the NHS to breaking point and resulted in poor pay, thousands of unfilled vacancies, declining working conditions, overworked staff, and stretched capacity. Strike action by junior doctors and other health service workers is the inevitable consequence.

“The Green Party is committed to a properly funded NHS. We would increase investment by at least £6bn each year and ensure junior doctors and other health workers are decently paid. And to tackle the fact that one in three hospital beds in parts of England are occupied by patients well enough to be discharged but unable to access social care, we would also provide free social care.”

There’s this, too:

Staying at the picket lines, when a junior doctor was told the 35 per cent pay parity demand was “eye-wateringly huge”, he pointed out (rightly) that while nurses were being balloted on a much smaller pay offer, he and his colleagues have not (yet) been offered anything.

It really highlights the fact that Steve Barclay continues to be missing.

Where is he? Why isn’t he doing his job and trying to find a solution to the strike?

While all this has been going on, other issues have been raised on the social media, such as…


And this puts it all well into context:

Looking at it in the round, we can see that the Conservatives are faring appallingly badly, without even a spokesperson to put forward any argument they might have for cutting the pay of some of the most useful people in UK society while keeping their own unreasonably high.

The Labour Party seems divided, with the leader parroting a Tory/Establishment view that restoring doctors’ pay is unreasonable (while pocketing his own unreasonably high salary) while MPs on the party’s back benches are entirely supportive of the strikers.

And the Green Party is raking in the benefits from the failures of the two main parties, with wholehearted support for the junior doctors and their struggle.

Meanwhile, public support for the doctors continues to grow, with more than half of us supporting them. How long can the Tories continue pushing their unreasonable position?

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1 thought on “Junior doctors’ strike day three: time for some righteous anger?

  1. Hecuba

    Why is Steve Barclay still being paid his lavish bloated salary given he remains ‘missing in action!’ Barclay is still refusing to engage with the Junior Doctors because ‘it’s not my problem guv I’m only the Health Secretary but I refuse to do any work!’

    As regards Starmer – well he needs a 50% pay cut because he is just another fascist tory puppet!

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