Health Secretary won’t go to mediator over junior doctor strike – report

Steve Barclay: he doesn’t know how any of this equipment works and he is attacking the people who do, while the UK’s medical patients go without treatment.

This looks very bad for the Tory government.

The BMA, which represents junior doctors, supports mediation via ACAS. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has intervened to call for it.

But Steve Barclay refuses to accept it – according to The Times. And, unlike the doctors, he wants to impose preconditions on any talks. Why?

Is that really it? Barclay’s afraid that a mediator will oppose him and side with the doctors?

If so, then the cat’s out of the bag and he’ll look bad, whatever he does now.

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