Press Summary: 12 January

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12 January

Junior Doctors’ strike

Today’s main national story, and also featuring in many local outlets. Stories nationally tended to lead with the ‘disruption’ caused, but most also included some explanation of the background to the strike:

21 stories

Brilliant comment pieces in the Guardian, painting the wider picture, from fellow doctors:

And from Owen Jones:

Comprehensive and even handed coverage by the Mirror:

Including a map showing picket locations:


Top health story by the BBC, citing Hunt’s plea to return to negotiating table:


Predictably anti-strike stories by the Daily Mail:

and a tranche of letters in the Telegraph claiming the BMA has been ‘hijacked’ by ‘hard left”:

Plus a story in the Telegraph citing Hunt’s praise of doctors who crossed the picket lines:


Worrying DoH pressure on Keogh to claim strike would jeopardize safety in major incidents, with a ‘terrorist’ implication:


Even-handed for/against debate on whether doctors are right to strike (local):

Southend Echo


Factual account from the Midhurst and Petworth Observer (Sussex):

A less balances piece from oneMK, Milton Keynes, stressing risk of cancelled operations:


Nurses Bursary protest

International Business Times:

Camden, London (local):


24/7 NHS ‘stupid and insane’

Criticism of the government’s plans by doctors’ group, released on the eve of the strike:

Daily Express:


Belper public meeting on fate of local hospital (Derbyshire)

Belper Keep Our NHS Public meeting announced in local press:


Warwick Hospital increases private room provision (local)

South Warwickshire KONP quoted sounding caution over privatization:

Leamington Observer:


South Somerset GP services ‘in terrible mess’ (local)

Western Gazette:


Trade Union Bill and the NHS

The dangers posed to the NHS by this legislation

Huffington Post:

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You can now get alerts sent about health stories yourself. This is much better than a regular, ‘supplied’ service because you can choose what key words trigger the alerts: “Keep Our NHS Pubic”, “NHS”, “health” – your choice. Then you can adjust the settings to improve the coverage. This has the added advantage that local stories to you can be searched for, as well as national. Alerts can be set up to send you an e-mail as a story breaks, or summarise them under headings you decide once a day.

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… and please don’t forget, your smartphone or tablet will have free apps that look for and filter news, too: try configuring those for health stories, or the NHS, as well.

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