THE first all-out doctors’ strike in the NHS’s history recently took place in England, as thousands of junior doctors walked out of both routine and emergency care in protest at the imposition of new contracts this summer.
Are you as fed up as me with pictures of mainly young junior doctors laughing on picket lines, holding banners claiming they’re ‘saving the NHS’? So hypocritical when strikes cause cancer treatment to be disrupted, operations cancelled, consultants drafted in and outpatient appointments postponed. Junior doctors should remember their primary concern is the care of their patients, and return to work.
Spreading their work over seven days will, after all, enable more efficient scheduling, balancing the supply of doctors against the demand which varies over the week. Their maximum hours are being reduced, not increased. They won’t be compelled to work longer hours. They can’t be compelled to work beyond the maximum legal limit. The current contract encourages some to do just that, by rewarding them with extra money. That’ll now be stopped.
The ‘compromise’ proposed by Labour was denounced as an ‘opportunistic’ political ploy. A valid trial is impractical – there are too many variables for any control to work, and one side has a vested interest in ensuring it fails. Would you want to be a patient in a trial where doctors want to ensure that death rates aren’t improved? They need to stop hurting patients as a weapon against the government and the hypocritical pretence that they’re trying to ‘save the NHS’.
The NHS is, as usual, being used by the left and the unions as a Trojan horse to attack (bring down?) the government and the junior doctors have been deluded into dragging it into their political agenda. And with talk of ambulance drivers possibly striking too, this ‘weaponisation’ of the NHS continues apace.
Ironically, the strike helps Brexiteers who claim the pay dispute could be settled at a cost equivalent to just two weeks of Britain’s EU contributions.
These doctors have taken the country back to the 1970s, operating a closed shop and holding the public to ransom.
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