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Ms May can stop the strikes, but only if she wants to


Good article. The junior doctors should have the wholehearted support of the entire profession. They are not taking this action lightly and they are not demanding more of anything. They are trying to defend their conditions of service from the imposition of a contract that will make what is already a dire situation with staffing, recruitment and retention far worse, especially for the specialities with the most arduous anti-social rota patterns, like A+E medicine (which are also the ones having the greatest difficulty now with recruitment and retention - and this is leading in some cases to services having to close). The long term consequences of this imposed contract will be far worse for patients and the NHS than the cancelled elective work that will happen with these strikes. I am sure most consultants, SAS doctors and GPs, as well as our nursing and other health professional colleagues, will do their best to minimise risk and harm to patients as they understand that this struggle is about more than just the junior doctors. It is about the quality and safety of care across the whole NHS which is being seriously undermined by current underfunding and understaffing, and will not be helped by imposition of a 7 day NHS (whatever that actually means) with no extra funding or staffing. The JDs are simply asking for negotiations to resume and for the Government to stop the threat of imposition. Hunt said on TV that the way forward is talking not striking -so is he willing to resume meaningful talks?

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02 Sep 2016

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