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Journalist offers patients cash for 'nightmare' strike experiences

A journalist claiming to be from the Sun newspaper has offered cash for stories from patients who are negatively affected by the junior doctors’ strike if it goes ahead on Tuesday.

In a request seen by Pulse, Matthew Barbour - who claimed to be contributing editor for the Sun - explains he will offer a ‘good fee’ for patients with tales of ‘a nightmare at A&E’ or who ‘witness’ hospital staff shortages.

’We will be looking for patients who have been affected in some way - probably someone who has had an op cancelled or someone who experiences a nightmare at A&E or witnesses staff shortages at a hospital. Anything along these lines would suffice,’ he wrote.

‘We can pay a good fee and also provide complete copy control so you’re 100% happy with any write up - so your views are accurately represented.’

Junior doctors voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action in a ballot held earlier this month, with 98% saying they would support a full walk-out.

If the action goes ahead, junior doctors will continue to provide emergency care on 1 December, which will be followed by a full walk-out from 8am to 5pm on Tuesday 8 December, and another at the same time on Wednesday 16 December.

Please note: This story has been updated after the Sun has issued a statement stating that Mr Barbour is a freelance journalist and was not working for the newspaper. On Twitter, the Sun’s head of PR Dylan Sharpe said: ‘The Sun has no position of contributing editor. Matthew Barbour is a freelancer and does not represent the paper nor was he asked for this specific case study request by anyone at The Sun.’

Readers' comments (8)

  • A&E junior doctors won't be going on strike this Tuesday. Still, I'll be sending in some stories in if it pays well enough.

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  • My breasts gave birth to an alien and no junior doctors helped me.....well thats a page 3 filler

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  • my bunion grew by at least one millimetre because the corbynista juniors went on strike instead of striking Iran.

    Headline 'Follower of Foot destroyed my foot, it must be the foreigners fault'

    maybe they will pay me for the headline

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  • "I lost my remote control and there was no doctor to come round my house and find it for me , I will write to the sun to complain as my pizza went cold as a result"

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  • Junior Doctor ate my hamster.

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  • If they can't find any anti doctor/NHS news they have to manufacture it. Absolutely appalling example of press bias. The Murdoch press and Lord Rothermere who owns the Daily Mail (but hides) want to destroy free at the point of delivery health care. Be in no doubt.

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  • in the future will the sun give money to patients when we have no NHS and they need to see doctors privately?

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  • Whom you will trust? now a day

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