Press Release: No Doctor Wants to Strike but the NHS is at stake

[Tuesday 26 April 2016]

No doctor wants to strike, but they have been given no choice by intransigent politicians.  Keep Our NHS Public (KONP) stands firmly with the junior doctors who are striking today and tomorrow. The responsibility for the strikes lies firmly with Jeremy Hunt, who has rejected a cross-party plan to avert strike action, and David Cameron who has told Hunt to stand firm against the doctors. They both clearly relish this fight, and in doing so are shamelessly putting politics before patient safety.

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Junior Doctors: Latest. YOU JOINED THEM!

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The junior doctors are striking today  ( 27 April), including not covering emergency care, between 8 am and 5 pm. Why? Because of the undemocratic and bullying decision of Jeremy Hunt to impose the junior doctor contract unilaterally in August.

Keep Our NHS Public continues to support the junior doctors in their actions. They are defending a high quality NHS – and fighting for an NHS run by well-supported staff who are able to give their best when caring for you.

We are pleased to say that many people joined the junior doctors on the picket lines (from 8am) outside their local hospital yesterday and today; and by attending supporting events during the strike. Hundreds more gave their support as they drove past. 

Details for all picket sites nationally (put in your postcode): www.jdocs.co.uk

Call to action from a junior doctor on the BMA Junior Doctors’ Committee.

Latest press release from KONP about the strike.

Visit the BMA website for latest BMA actions, information and details:

www.bma.org.uk/working-for-change/junior-and-consultant-contract-home

See also Facebook: Junior Doctors Contract forum

The REAL reasons for the dispute: government intent on privatisation. Brilliant exposé by OurNHS. Which you are unlikely to see in the mainstream media, unfortunately. The government want the doctors to fail so they can start privatising the NHS with a massively cut wages bill, and worse conditions for staff. THAT is what this dispute is really about; that is why this government is callously gambling with lives. It really cares for very little other than privatising everything it can, even when that is the worst thing to do (as it is, for the NHS).

Just a few of the many images of people supporting this stand for our NHS:

Charing Cross Hospital, London

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Leeds

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Stockport

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And, of course, on the march across London to the Department of Health itself (duly hardly reported at all in the national media…)

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Press Summary 15 April

The following stories were selected from those sent as daily alerts under the search term ‘NHS’, and ‘Keep Our NHS Public’ from the Google alerts service. Please send any comments to Alan: press@keepournhspublic.com

6 April

 Anti-austerity march 16 April

Call to action for tomorrow’s big march

Socialist Worker: https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/42477/Peoples+Assembly+protest+on+16+April+can+give+anti-austerity+resistance+a+boost

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Made Public! Private company sent packing in London

Camden and Islington (north London) KONP groups were celebrating a victory yesterday, as it was announced that the contract for out-of-hours GP services in north-central London was being awarded to a GP-led not-for-profit consortium, and taken off the private health giant, Care UK, following heavy criticism at Care UK’s handling of the service.

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Press Summary 5 April

The following stories were selected from those sent as daily alerts under the search term ‘NHS’, and ‘Keep Our NHS Public’ from the Google alerts service. Please send any comments to Alan: press@keepournhspublic.com

 

29 March

 

Lambeth and SW London KONPs meeting publicity (local)

Trailed in local free ‘micro-press’ blog: a growing outlet for local news that is not written under mainstream constraints so is often more sympathetic and even handed towards campaigners on local issues. Well worth checking to see if your area has any, if you haven’t already. Well done Lambeth and SW London. Brixton Blog: http://www.brixtonblog.com/keep-nhs-public-meeting/36578

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