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Junior doctors to stage full walk-out under BMA plans for industrial action

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Not clear what the BMA and juniors are really protesting about? Is it long hours? There is no proposal to increase total hours worked. If anything it is to limit excessive overtime. Is it against NHS privatisation? In which case say so and we can nationalise GP practices making everyone salaried. We already primarily work for a monopoly employer which is not without its own problems anyway. Perhaps privatisation would be better and UK graduates would not have to go to Australia etc to benefit from the better T's and C's on offer there from a private model. Is it about pay? But no one will lose except those working excessive hours - who shouldn't be doing that anyway. Or is it to try and make a rather futile political point against a Conservative government whose stated aims are to improve NHS weekend services and improve efficiency. That means doing more for less! Industrial action will be a PR disaster for the profession. We currently benefit from some of the best pay and conditions in Europe despite relatively low headcount per population. There are plenty of less well trained European graduates who will be happy to move here to fill posts vacated by UK graduates. An increasing amount of 'medical' work will be taken on by non Drs. I am very disappointed by the BMA who are in danger of overstepping their remit . We cannot constantly hold out our hands and keep saying give us ( and the NHS) more money. There isn't any! I suspect this post will probably get removed as it does not meet with the more trendy Left of centre PC goals.

Posted date

12 Nov 2015

Posted time

4:30pm

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