Press Summary: 15 January

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13 January

 Junior Doctors’ strike

Commentary from Owen Jones in the Guardian:

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Steve Bell cartoon on Tories and the NHS, Guardian:

Nearly half of doctors worked during strike, Guardian:

Sympathetic report from the Bristol Post (local);

Sandwell Hospital ‘bullying’ tactic by declaring ‘major incident’ minutes before strike starts:

[Local contacts have confirmed that patient numbers that morning were no higher than on Boxing Day, when no such incident was declared but staffing levels were the same as 12 Jan. This is being taken up locally via the KONP group.]

Insightful analysis of Hunt’s true tactics by the Huffington Post:

Analysis of strike in the Financial Times (paywall):

Even-handed ‘for/against’ cover by Southend Echo, including quote from KONP contact Norman Traub (local):

Support for strike at Salford: sympathetic piece (local)

Salford Star:

…and Merseyside KONP’s Sam Semoff’s words to the pickets at the Royal Liverpool Hospital – from inside the hospital as an inpatient – were widely reported. By local BBC radio, The Liverpool Echo:


The Daily Mirror:

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Agency spend doubles (local)

Portsmouth News

2016 ‘make or break’ time for NHS

Appeal for longer-term planning



14 January

Junior Doctors

Supporters offered strikers pizza

Independent: (includes a quote from local KONP group)

[This could well indicate a measure of desperation as reporters cast around for ‘new’ angles on the strike, especially if the second one goes ahead: this presents opportunities for local groups to approach their local press before the strike and remind them of KONP’s position.]


GPs quit in Essex because of insufficient funding

BBC News:


Virgin win hospital contract in Kent (local)

But encouraging use of ‘privatisation’ in headline, at least; Kent Echo:


Healthwatch challenges CCGs in Norfolk (local)

Questioning why area needs so many. Eastern Daily Press:


15 January

A&E patients waiting too long



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