Supporting the Junior Doctors

Photos by Bill and Viv and the information sent to the Craven Herald of which they used part.

On Tuesday 12th January the public beeped their support for the Junior Doctors’ stance against the imposition of a new contract. The young doctors on the picket line were all concerned with the maintenance of patient safety which the government states it wants but seems unwilling to replace in the contract. The BMA demands that the contract must include “ robust contractual safeguards on safe working and proper recognition for those working unsocial hours” in order to prevent hospital trusts forcing already overworked junior doctors into dangerously long shifts. DSCF5087

Jeremy Hunt declares that his aim is a 7 day working week, but many believe that if the Government impose this contract, they will then attack the contracts of other NHS staff.  As well as the Government’s current record of underfunding core NHS services and promoting privatisation especially of lucrative areas of the NHS another basis for this belief is that Jeremy Hunt is the author of a book, “Direct Democracy, An Agenda for a New Model Party”  which advocates the replacement of the NHS with an American style insurance based system. A strange choice of Health Minister for a Prime Minister who promised “No top down changes for the NHS”.  

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Jeremy Hunt declares that his aim is a 7 day working week, but many believe that if the Government impose this contract, they will then attack the contracts of other NHS staff.  As well as the Government’s current record of underfunding core NHS services and promoting privatisation especially of lucrative areas of the NHS another basis for this belief is that Jeremy Hunt is the author of a book, “Direct Democracy, An Agenda for a New Model Party”  which advocates the replacement of the NHS with an American style insurance based system. A strange choice of Health Minister for a Prime Minister who promised “No top down changes for the NHS”.

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Airedale Hospital’s Junior Doctors made it clear they do not want to strike but felt they had no choice. They and student nurses are now in the front line defending a high quality NHS – an NHS run by well-supported staff who are able to give of their best when caring for you. We 38 Degrees members and other supporters stood with the doctors with our BEEP TO BACK OUR DOCTORS  banner and recognised that they together with the nurses are the working life blood of our NHS. Their fight is for the continuation of our NHS free at the point of delivery for all, not an insurance based private system for some and a second tier impoverished service for most of us especially those with long term or difficult cases, which ‘for profit private health care’ spurns.IMG_7170

We all hope the strike will demonstrate to the government the real strength of feeling in this country for our fully funded public health service. We can afford it, we have the right people delivering our health care service , it just needs guts at the top to change the direction of travel now before it is too late. And it starts with settling the Junior Doctors dispute.

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This was Steven’s first ever protest 🙂

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Joe had been creative 🙂

 

 

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