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

Comment That is what Ellen McCourt said about this situation on Guardian. Not surprising , the pro- government media machinery had been switched on to dig deeper to explore the history of the protest leader and more shamefully , her family. ''The biggest risk with this contract, and also with this dispute continuing, is that doctors will leave the NHS,” said McCourt. “You can’t stretch us more thinly. There needs to be a plan – how are we going to make medicine more attractive to people? How are we going to make people stay in the NHS?” “I have some colleagues who took time out to work in New Zealand between their first two years of training and their speciality training, and they came back to the UK because they’d always planned on coming back to the UK,” she said. “Now they plan on leaving again. One is a general practice trainee and one is an emergency medicine trainee – our most under-recruited specialities.” She wrote to the SOS last month giving the reasons why the contract was rejected . “When he imposed the contract, he said in parliament: ‘My door is always open, I want to be able to address any outstanding problems’, so I took him at his word.” “I tried two weeks ago to get back in touch with the secretary of state to ask why haven’t we heard anything back and I could only get in touch with his special advisers; I couldn’t get in touch with him. And when we [met] on Tuesday it was very different – it was: ‘Well, you’re proposing industrial action so we haven’t responded’. “If we’d seen some response or some movement then we could have said, well, the government do want to talk to us, they are willing to make changes without us again resorting to industrial action.” “This contract financially disincentivises less-than-full-time trainees – carers, parents, who are predominately women, in a workforce that is predominantly women,” said McCourt. ''I would much rather be in a room with the government getting this sorted out than having to make the plans that we’re being forced to make, hearing that the press are hounding my family. I would much rather be talking with the government, with NHS employers to try and get an resolution to this.” Nigel , I think you should give her an interview.

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04 Sep 2016

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