A story highlighting the "champagne-swilling lavish lifestyles" enjoyed by some junior doctors has led to a rather humorous backlash.
The article, "Moet medics: High life of docs’ leaders who are heading up NHS strike" comes ahead of a series of planned strikes over changes to contracts, the first of which is due to go ahead on Tuesday.
A number of individuals are singled out for "enjoying swanky meals", being "pictured on social media on a beach in front of a helicopter with a champagne glass" and others simply for actually owning their own homes.
The response on Sunday has generally been along the lines of this...
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The British Medical Association (BMA) announced three spells of strike action in England after negotiations with the Government ended with no resolution.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said the talks on Monday lasted less than an hour before BMA doctors walked out.
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An Acas spokesman said: "Talks have been held under the auspices of Acas between the established team for the BMA and the NHS team.
"A very helpful stock-take of issues took place. Unfortunately, whilst talks have been constructive and will continue next week, the parties are not able to prevent the industrial action planned for January 12 2016."
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In response to the article in The Sun, many pointed towards their extravagant spending habits.
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Or their love of fine dining.
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Others, their luxurious employment of household servants.
— Rajeeva Abeysuriya (@Bluelotus78) January 10, 2016
Not to mention their modes of transport.
— Alexander Gates (@dr_alex_gates) January 10, 2016
The backlash comes on the same day Tory MP Mark Field said that junior doctors risk being seen as a "medical workforce" rather than professionals if they go ahead with the planned strikes.
He said: "I don't think they're being driven to strike and what I regret about the strike, actually, is that professionals don't strike.
"If you want to be a medical workforce, go down this route, but if you really want to be seen as a professional and my concern is actually, I'm afraid there are elements within the BMA it's become pretty evident in the last week or so who essentially are manipulating junior doctors, knowing there is a great deal of public sympathy.
"I think junior doctors have been manipulated into going down this route and there are elements in the BMA that are just flagrantly political in what they do."
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