“New leaflet coming soon”…. has been sitting here since 2016, which is  when we stopped meeting as a group, but three of us continued with Keighley 38 Degrees.

We have a facebook group  38 Degrees – Airedale 

and we also have a new NHS LEAFLET!


NHS side 2

This PDF of page 2 has live links on it to sites that were used as resources or for further reference.

Everything else on this site is now at least 2 years old but much is still relevant.



Northallerton May 20th

Although the NHS has dominated our agenda, fracking has always been one of our concerns and any who attended our meeting at Carleton could not helped be affected by Tina Rotherey’s passion, spirit and love.

So although no rallying call was made other than notifications on our facebook groups, a few of us did get over to Northallerton on Friday.

Judith and I set off just before 8am and arrived soon onsite around 9am. The first person we met was Andy Brown who took our photo .


We then realised we were stood by Ellie Greenwood of Hebden Bridge, whom we had met at a a FOE meeting in Skipton. On the other side of us was Pauline Allon of Skipton (who can be seen on earlier posts on the NHS picket line). Here are pictures of them with the amazing Tina Rotherey.



Jude and Earl arrived mid-morning and were there as we left around 2pm having joined the band at the gate 🙂


We went to Northallerton yesterday to add to the numbers protesting about fracking in Kirby Misperton. I came away thinking less about fracking and more about how unimportant we the people have become! Over 80% of the people in Ryedale are against fracking and yet this could be imposed upon them.

There is no support from anyone who lives within a mile of the existing well. They find it a blot on the landscape and the noise when it was being drilled was constant and could be heard by them all. The district Council voted against it.

People who live there have a good life. Employment is above average ann mainly dependant on agriculture and tourism, which is down to the beauty of the landscape and Flamingo Land. Both will be devastated if fracking is allowed. Add to that a massive drop in property prices, 72 lorries a day going through a village which in some places has no paths, constant noise from drilling (30 wells to 10 sq kilometres) and they can take up to 100 days to drill. Constant light and total disfigurment of the landscape, Then there is the proposed construction of 9m high barriers of freight containers to decrease the light and sound pollution! Throw in traffic movement over a grade 2 listed bridge – which has caused much smaller ventures to have planning permission with-held. Then add the potential risks to health and water aquifers and seismic activty!

Local landowner, Sir Richard Storey, true blue automatically started as pro until he started to investigate and spoke to friends in NZ. Yesterday he said “Over recent years I have challenged everyone to tell me where I can see for myself anywhere in the world an example of friendly fracking. I have not had one reply.”

Drill or Drop have the most comprehensive coverage of the event including ‘pick of the quotes’  and ‘live updates’ giving a summary of what each speaker said including full texts of some.

John Ashton’s is well worth reading.

Video  of the event by Dave Marris of Frack Free Crawberry Hill.

Worth the watch it includes an address to the crowd by Tina Rotherey.

Frack also has lots of good information on what is happening nationwide.






Airedale picket line 26th and 27th April

Having read the weather forecast we were dreading these two days, but after a slow start for us on Tuesday we numbered 15 and on Wednesday we made 20 and were also joined again by Janet Russell’s flash mob NHS singers, who had come to support the doctors and ourselves on the picket line and then were  going to support the doctors in various cafes in the afternoon.IMG_7228

This time there were song  sheets and some Junior doctors and 38 Degree members joined in.



Although no one wanted to be involved in an all out strike, there was total confidence in the senior doctors and a feeling of strengthening resolve from both the Junior Doctors and the public, who were certainly honking their horns and bringing goodies.


We are now working with, not just alongside, the Junior Doctors. We supplied them with cafes willing to allow their premises to be used to talk to willing customers .

Chris Marshall a registrar has already talked to some of us at Ilkley and is going to do so again  on Monday May 9th at 2.30pm Steeton Hall. All welcome.

Conversations with union officials also took place .



All in all we felt it had gone well and that the sun had shone on the righteous 🙂IMG_7211

I have been trying to work out how many local 38 Degree members have been out leafleting and on the picket line and at the Leeds Rally and I reckon it must be at least 40 possibly close to 50. Well done everyone. Where we go next is the question for us and the Junior Doctors. Hopefully we will be liasing and  arranging some public meetings where the Junior Doctors can meet more people. They are very willing to do this.


I had wanted to add links but there are so many it was very hard to choose.

However one of the heartening things is that the BMA does seem to have the bit between it’s teeth now.  Relevant information on privatisation and an excellent video.

if you go to their youtube page  they have been adding a lot of good videos re the Junior Doctors.

This fight must go on. An interesting development has taken place with well known campaigners including Peter Roderick and Alyson Pollock meeting with Heidi Alexander and John McDonnell and offering their services as a think tank. Well worth a read I thought, especially the PDF report of the meeting – link at the bottom of the page.




Yorkshire March for the NHS 16/4/16

We were there I think we numbered 13 but we were spread about 🙂 It was a really great event with applause from the crowd. Bill took these pictures.




Thousands march on Leeds to keep the NHS public 

The Keep Our NHS Public protest in Leeds.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

Yorkshire Evening Post17 Apr 2016 LINDSAY PANTRY

 Pictures Bruce Rollinson1

MORE THAN 2,000 NHS workers, patients, doctors and campaigners shouted a resounding message to the Government from the streets of Leeds on Saturday – hands off our NHS.City campaign group Keep Our NHS Public organised the march around the city centre, which was supported by junior doctors who are embattled in a row over pay and conditions.

Gilda Peterson, one of the organisers, said the response from the public was “fantastic”.

“It was one of the biggest demonstrations we’ve seen in Leeds for quite a few years,” she said. “People clapped as we went by and number of people joined us – even the police said they were surprised and pleased for us that so many people took part.”

The group is campaigning about what they call “the privatisation by stealth” of the NHS, the demoralisation of staff and lack of financial support.

Fellow campaigners from across Yorkshire, including Airedale, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Dewsbury, Sheffield and Harrogate joined protestors, as well as representative from trade unions and the Labour and Green parties.

The Keep Our NHS Public protest in Leeds.  Picture Bruce Rollinson




Supporting the Junior Doctors 6th & 7th April

Despite monsoon conditions at times, we were there from 9am until midday on Wednesday.


This was in the first hour before many had arrived. The banner served as shelter from the ravages of the weather but was difficult to hold on to at times!

Thursday was a much better day and made even better by the arrival of Janet Russell and her Silsden choir who flash mobbed the reception and then came and sang to us.


We also had some interesting conversations with the Junior Doctors. Snippets include them having to pay for their rooms when they are on call if they want somewhere to sleep. Since privatisation of the canteen there are no subsidised meals and it is not staffed at night. Exams they take also have to be paid for. He had worked out that one months salary a year was taken up by paying for extras.


A Guardian article by Kailash Chand, deputy chair of the British Medical Association

Sir Bruce Keogh is part of the problem, not the solution, to junior doctors’ row

 An excellent article from the Kings Fund:-

Six ways in which NHS financial pressures can affect patient care

 A video of a Harrogate Junior Doctor’s  view.

A video of a Harrogate Junior Doctor’s  view.Why are Junior Doctors on strike again?


A chilling article by Anna Athow about NHS and ‘Devo Manc’

The Devo Manc plan is a blitzkrieg attack to fast- track the reconfiguration of the NHS into new business models ready for private company take over.

Anna Athow, retired surgeon

Greater Manchester Association of Trades Union Councils  ( GMATUC )  called a mass NHS emergency protest rally to protest against the devolution of the Greater Manchester NHS Budget, called “Devo Manc”, without public scrutiny.

 An emergency resolution passed by GMATUC stated in part,   “ As trade unionists we can only suspect that the break up, dismemberment, rationalisation and further privatisation of the NHS in England ( under the banner of public service reform) is precisely what it’s all about, and being hurriedly imposed to avoid any such thorough examination, scrutiny and proper public debate of the issue.”

The motion ends by calling for a referendum on ALL the Greater Manchester devolution issues.

 On 27th February 2015 Chancellor George Osborne, and the chief executive of NHS England Simon Stevens held a press conference to announce a “Memorandum of Understanding” for “Devolution of health and social care in Greater Manchester” ( GM ).

 This marked a deal to parachute in a £6bn pooled health and social care budget, direct from the Treasury to a new GM Strategic Health and Social Care Partnership Board –  in shadow form from April  2015, and statutory by April 2016.

 This board contains leaders of 10 Local Authorities ( LAs ) ( 12 Clinical Commissioning Groups ( CCGs)  and representatives of NHS England ( NHSE ), as well as providers and voluntary organisations.

 The Combined authority of GM consists of LAs ;Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Tameside, Salford, Stockport, Trafford, Wigan,- an area of 5000 sq miles, and 2.7m population.

 This deal came as a complete surprise to everyone but a few top council leaders, such as Sir Howard Bernstein and Sir Richard Leese,  who had secret negotiations with Osborne for six months and then persuaded the 10 LA leaders  ( 8 Labour ) to agree. Members of the public, NHS staff, trade unions, and Members of Parliament, had no idea.

 The deal dictates a massive change in the way that commissioning  and funding of healthcare is organised in GM, changing the deckchairs again, beyond the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

 The purpose  of it, is to drive  through the Healthier Together programme to close 4-5 acute District General hospitals ( DGHs ) in GM , and divert the funding into the new business “models of care” outlined in Simon Stevens’ “ Five Year Forward View”. ( FYFV)

 The budget for health and social care is to be pooled. The commissioning for health and social care is to merged together into Joint Commissioning Boards ( JCBs )of local councils and CCGs.

There will be four tiers of new management. The Strategic Partnership board will be supervising a  JCB for GM, standing over localised JCBs.  

 At the very top will be a  Programme Board including Simon Stevens, John Rouse from the  Department of health, leading local figures in the Healthier Together programme, and Graham Urwin from Staffordshire and Shropshire.

 (Staffordshire is the area where contentious reconfigurations have just taken place with the removal of A&E, paediatrics and maternity from Mid Staffs hospital and a £700m, 10 year, privatisation deal for Staffordshire’s Cancer services.).

 NHS England has representatives on every one of these boards. So despite the appearance of local decision making, NHSE will enforce its own policies.

 These huge administrative changes will make possible the bringing together of funding streams from NHSE, the CCGs, the LAs, Public Health England, mental health and social care all into ONE POT.

The Joint commissioning boards will then be able to re- direct this funding, away from our District General Hospitals and  GP surgeries and tertiary care, into the “ new models of care”  outlined in the  FYFV.

 The Memorandum states “GM is to be” a trailblazer for the objectives set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View”.

 The main objectives of the FYFV presented by Stevens in October 2014 are to impose  A – “ new models of care” modelled on the US healthcare system

B. –a new “ modern workforce” fit for these new care modelsi.e. a workforce with local pay, 24/7 working, flexible and able to ‘cross boundaries’, highly efficient with increased productivity and reduced skill mix, with changed terms and conditions,  altered training, and with a huge new role for volunteers. 

 The ‘ new models of care”  include
1.large out- of- hospital providers; “Multispecialty community providers ( MCPs )” and “Primary and Acute Care systems ( PACs )” ,
2. “Small viable hospitals” 
( which would be dumbed down DGHs without proper A&E s), 3. “Specialised care” such as cancer and elective orthopaedics on networks with prime contractors. 4. ‘Networks of emergency and acute care’, with a halving of the number of Type 1 A&Es.

 Steven’s key drive is to get the MCPs and the PACs off the ground in his so called “ Vanguarda” of “ integrated health and social care”.  GPs surgeries are being coerced through underfunding to federate up into these MCPs, which are designed for populations of  50,000 to 300,000. and could even take over a downgraded local hospital.

(These would  contain medical and nursing staff, social workers, care assistants ‘new roles’ and lots of management. The idea is that these would provide primary care, and elements of elective hospital work, mental health, public health, and out of hoursemergency calls.  

 They would tender for a new contract and could be prime contractors doing  commissioning and providing,  and could sub-contract out pathways of care.  Patients would be registered with a GP and the work would be done on a capitated budget, which could not be overspent.)

MCPs and PACs are modelled on American health maintenance organisations such as Kaiser Permanente. They make a profit by incentivising staff to limit hospital referrals and care.

 It is for these, that the health budget has been merged with the social care budget, as they will be providing both health and social care.

And of course, putting the provision of health and social care in the same contract, makes it easier to start charging for healthcare in the same way as for social care.  Patient charges are clearly on the agenda of an incoming Tory government.

 The  propaganda slogans of “ joined up care” and “ integrated care” of the Vanguards, are a clever disguise for prime contracting and subcontracting i.e. disintegration and outsourcing.

These objectives have nothing to do with improving patient care, but of opening the way for takeover of NHS clinical services by multinationals, to make a handsome profits.

Already, we see our NHS in crisis with a severe lack of beds and staff.

 Unions and campaigners and the public must oppose this plan from the start.

 Devo Manc is part of much bigger devolution plan with pretensions to devolve £22bn of public funding to the GM Combined Authority, – to commission policing, planning, housing, transport , training,etc.

 It is a poisoned chaliceThe responsibility for making the billions more of public spending cuts will then rest with the devolved authority, and a mayor, whichever government gets in at the election.

 The Devo Manc plan is a blitzkrieg attack to fast- track the reconfiguration of the NHS into new business models ready for private company take over

 It is a declaration of war on the health unions and the workforce, as it depends on ending Agenda for Change and doctors current contracts, and pushing through local pay and 24/7 working. They want a drastic reduction in jobs and more unskilled workers and volunteers, to hike up “ efficiency”  and cost cutting, so that the circling private companies can make massive profits out of public sector contracts.

They want the end of a national public sector workforce with high levels of training.

 The devolution deal is designed to use local councils and NHS leaders to break up the NHS area by area, using new commissioning structures and methods of funding, all dictated from the top. It is localised dictatorship. The aim is to end the NHS as a national publicly provided service. Then use it as a “test bed” and “ trailblaze” similar deals all over the country.

 Above all there must be a huge struggle to defend what we have ; all our DGHs, our GP surgeries, our ambulance services, our community services, public health, and whats left of mental healthcare. And our public sector workforce.

 The same devastation is being wreaked on all the public services. United action by the unions is needed to bring back these services into public ownership. 

 Labour is committed to the same policies and welcomes the FYFV and Devo Manc

 Defend our District General hospitals and GP surgeries.

No to the new business models of care. No to the new cheap labour workforce

Down with the Five Year Forward View.

Defend the NHS as nationally publicly funded and provided service.

Down with DevoManc. It must go

Anna Athow,


David Babbs in Skipton 2/4/16

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When 38 Degree local group members from Skipton, Keighley and Ilkley found out that David Babbs, a founding member and Chief Executive of 38 Degrees  was speaking at Settle Stories, we decided to invite him to Skipton. What a good decision that turned out to be.

Local group members act quite independently of 38 Degrees Head Office team. This meeting provided an opportunity for us to get to know David and for him to get to know us. It began with a relaxed half hour of  people chatting together over refreshments, then followed a short introduction by us and then David, after which there was an hour and a half session of which much was an open discussion.

David fielded a wide range of questions with an energy and enthusiasm that demonstrated his commitment to 38 Degrees philosophy of inclusion and listening to its members. The discussion ranged from the internal workings of the organisation, through its non-political stance to how it worked with Westminster and the role of local groups. The responses and discussion were enlightening and sometimes surprising (apparently hardly any MPs like us – oh dear!)

David’s energy cannot help but affect his audience and although some had to leave early many of us wished we had had longer. David was impressed by the commitment and knowledge of our members and us by his vitality and belief in the movement.3


Backing the NHS ‘Reinstatement’ Bill 2015

This is our current mission. To which end we have  embarked on a leafleting campaign.   On Saturday 13th Feb we met in Ilkley. Eleven of us turned out with representatives from all our local groups (Keighley, Skipton and Ilkley.)
Last Saturday we braved the weather in Skipton .  On March 5th we will be out in Keighley.



The cross party NHS ‘Reinstatement’ Bill introduced by Caroline Lucas is an attempt to reverse some of the changes made by the 2012 Health and Social Care Act introduced by Andrew Lansley.

It was written by Allyson Pollock and barrister Peter Roderick. Peter sent us a summary of the main changes in the 2012 Act and their implications for the NHS, after addressing us at our ‘Return the NHS to its Founding Principles Workshop’ 

The 2012 Health and Social Care Act… 

  • abolished the Secretary of State’s duty to provide key NHS services throughout England, and replaced it with a duty on individual clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to contract for the provision of services for persons for whom they were responsible;
  • made all trusts 51% NHS and 49% non-NHS, by prospectively abolishing NHS Trusts with the intention of them becoming NHS Foundation Trusts and then stipulating that Foundation Trusts would not fulfil their principal purpose unless most of their income was from the NHS. (Peter explained how the list of services that FTs must currently provide would be amended after April 2016, and that Monitor has said this list is expected to be reduced;)
  • made the tendering of services virtually compulsory;
  • took public health out of the NHS, splitting it between the Secretary of State (Public Health England) and local authorities.

He also explained how the 2012 changes were the latest in a series of changes that began with the introduction of the internal market in 1990 (NHS Trusts and the purchaser/provider split) and the creation of more commercially-oriented Foundation Trusts in 2003.

He outlined some of the main proposals of the NHS Reinstatement Bill  to reverse 25 years of marketisation, which has support from Green, Labour, Lib Dem, SNP and Plaid Cymru MPs – including Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell.

The NHS Reinstatement Bill would:

  • re-establish the legal duty of central government to provide services throughout England,
  • create Health Boards from the bottom-up,
  • end the purchaser-provider split,
  • abolish NHS Trusts, Foundation Trusts, Monitor and CCGs,
  • end competitive tendering and assert Parliament’s control over treaties (such as the Trans-Atlantic Treaty on Investment and Trade) that could allow international companies to provide NHS services.

The Bill is scheduled to have its second reading in the House of Commons on 11th March 2016, the likelihood of it having the support of a majority of MPs is very small BUT the immediately important thing is to build parliamentary support for the Bill, especially amongst Labour MPs as the party revises its health policy after the leadership election.

Successful legislation will probably have to wait for a change of government, but we can work now to raise awareness of the Bill amongst the public, as well as getting support from local Labour parties and trade unions and monitoring the activities of local CCGs and Trusts.

How can you help?   


Sign the 38 Degrees petition before March 11th.

This calls on all MP’s to…

Please attend the House of Commons on Friday 11th March 2016 for the second reading of the National Health Service Bill.                                                                                                                              Please ensure that the Bill is debated and vote in favour of the Bill.

Write to your MP asking him to attend the reading of the Bill.

Inform yourself of the facts and write to your paper, MP the Government

At every opportunity  raise awareness of the Bill and of the problems in the NHS.

Spread the word.  

Lots of info via our NHS tab.

Ask for and distribute some of our leaflets and maybe even join us on the streets or take them to a group you belong to. We are having 10,000 printed!

Contact an organiser from Skipton or Keighley

If you belong to a group and would like us to come and give a presentation followed by a discussion – let us know.

Things we found when leafleting …

First we had 5000 leaflets printed to support the Junior Doctors.

This is how they were distributed…

Maureen – Arranged a display of leaflets this morning at Ling House and Holycroft surgeries, Keighley Medical Centre,  and Central Hall – all positive and supportive.  Also Keighley library will put up a leaflet on one of its public boards in entrance hall. 
Mike S. is delivering leaflets door to door in Littondale and will hand out at Skipton station with Alan tomorrow before the demo. 
Richard – the leaflets are going like ‘hotcakes’. GP’s surgeries and the public are taking them.
Simon went to Airedale Hospital  – the guy looking after the Reception Area was very happy to put our leaflets out on the front table.  He told me that he had lived in the US and did not want to see a similar health system here.  He said that the NHS staff welcome support from outside. I left a wedge of leaflets there…and also at Steeton GP Surgery.  We should try and get leaflets to all GP practices in the Aire Valley.
Geoff gave 150 out on Sat and has been at it ever since. “From my own experience,  I know that I find one person leafleting is easy to do. What attracts the attention of passers by are the words Save Our NHS, with the emphasis on NHS. I could tell that many people were intending to walk past me until I said …NHS.
Judith went to Ilkley and Skipton practices and various places in Skipton too. Other NHS and Keighley and Skipton group members have leafleted too.
Frank left a bunch of leaflets at Darnley house and also distributed some at a U3A meeting 
Also there was leafleting at railway stations on the morning of the strike.


THEN we had 5000 more leaflets printed in support of the NHS Bill

They have all gone these are the comments post our morning in Ilkley…

“One supporter leafleted in Booths Ilkley on Saturday, after getting permission from the shop manager. I congratulate this 38 Degrees man on his intelligent approach – he not only met a positive response but also managed to stay warm!

I was heartened by the positive response from the vast majority of the public, and the valuable conversations with NHS workers who are concerned for the future.”

Ruth from Ilkley…
‘275 signatures…I collected 24.  Sorry, I forgot to give them to you.
I found the following when I offered the leaflets and solicited signatures inside Booths store:
– Nearly all people accepted a leaflet offered
– If they stopped for a moment I asked them to sign the petition
– When one takes a leaflet the people behind take one
– When one refuses a leaflet the people behind refuse to take one
– only a few refused, one said that there is no threat to the NHS
Most people I talked with said they knew next to nothing about the NHS but all saw huge political problems coming up.  A doctor said she was worried sick.
All said they would take the leaflets away and read them
Some asked for more leaflets so they could give them to their neighbours, families…
I gave a small handful of leaflets to shops and cafes and they were happy to have them on the counter
Shops are good places to stand and solicit support if the store manager agrees”
“I can add another 53 signatures to the running total…Lots of support, some apathy (“it’ll happen anyway “)& one man in favour of privatisation!”


“It was a good morning despite the weather and some adverse reactions eg a stream of swearing directed at the nhs and what she thought of it.  I found many shopkeepers concerned generally about changes and the lack of information before something changes which affects them.2 conversations became discussions of TTIP issues. Offering the leaflets and then explaining led to good feed back and signatures. One shop keeper told me I could get her signature but not trouble her customers  –  ‘Its the law.’  ??  – never heard that before. I had lots of comments regarding the ‘bad show’ as one man expressed it regarding JH’s treatment of our Doctors. The idea of collecting as many signatures as CH’s constituency majority appealed to people and would become a ‘talking point’ I hope.

I think we could do another session on a weekday going round the shops, plus cafes and larger busy shops which I avoided. Have we ever given leaflets out in Tesco and Booths in Ilkley? Generally people were interested and ready to support and the leaflets were never refused.

I will ask the our newsagent if I can insert them into our local papers for delivery one day next week.”         (This did happen)                                                                                                                               Judith                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                 ” I have given leaflets to taxi companies and they are happy for their drivers to hand them out to passengers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Same with the Airedale Hospital where the reception manager welcomes me to stand outside and leaflet and get signatures.
So I will use the next few weeks in an intensive effort in taking our public awareness campaign further and stacking up the signatures.                                                                                                                      Simon


NOW we are planning to have 10,000 more leaflets printed

in support of the NHS Bill

If you want to help to distribute some…

 Contact an organiser from Skipton or Keighley 

NB Links to our leaflets will be provided asap







Junior Doctors – The current situation

On Saturday the junior doctors were marching again.

On Sunday Jeremy Hunt was interviewed by Andrew Marr. It was more like a party political piece. Here is Dr Rachel Clarke’s response

On Wednesday 10th – it is back to the picket line.

We will join them again at Airedale between 9am and noon.

This is from The Law Society Gazette…

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Who? Peter Stefanovic, 50, clinical negligence partner at national firm Simpson Millar.

Why is he in the news? He addressed 20,000 protesters at a public rally and posted two videos on social media site YouTube in support of junior doctors facing a planned 30% cut in their income along with increased working hours.

Stefanovic accuses health secretary Jeremy Hunt of attempting to ‘bully’ junior doctors and their representative body, the British Medical Association, into accepting an employment contract that not only offers poorer terms and conditions, but also puts patient welfare at risk.

Thoughts on the policy: ‘As a clinical negligence lawyer, I’m not an obvious candidate to be vociferous in support of the medical profession.

‘However, it is the duty and obligation of each and every lawyer to speak out when an injustice is being done. I’m astonished that no other lawyer has come forward [in this way] to support of the junior doctors and call upon the Law Society to do so publicly now.

‘Everything we do as individuals matters – witness the 12,000 views that my second video has recorded in just a few days. I’ve also been invited to join the negotiations with government. Just imagine what we could achieve if we all stood up and acted.’

Dealing with the media: ‘The press covered the rally, but this is a story that is mostly being driven by social media and word-of-mouth.’

Why become a lawyer? ‘I come from a working-class background and was led to believe as I grew up that this is a country where the principles of integrity and honesty are much admired. I wanted to help uphold those principles.’

Career high: ‘This past week or so. What is happening to junior doctors is one of the grossest injuries ever inflicted on a profession by a British government. I’m pleased that I’ve had an impact, however small.’

Career low: ‘Many years post-qualification I’m still excited about the law. I can’t think of a low point.’


Peter Stefanovic on the Junior Doctors Debate. Published on 27 Jan 2016