Junior Doctors

You Shall Not Impose

Simon Fairweather | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK
Simon Fairweather

Yesterday Jeremy Hunt announced that he was prepared to go to Acas. I absolutely did not see this coming; instead I was utterly convinced the gent was...

Doctors Strike Will Not Lead To Patient Deaths, According to BMJ

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK

Ahead of next month’s planned industrial action by British doctors, the British Medical Journal has published research that suggests patient fatalit...

Jeremy Hunt Accused Of 'Political Game Playing' Over Doctors' Strike

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been accused of "political game playing" by taking so long to agree to negotiations with junior doctors over their im...

Jeremy Hunt Blasted For 'Excess Death' Spike After Trying To Blame It On Junior Doctors

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK

Jeremy Hunt has been criticised after figures showed a spike in the number of patient "excess deaths", just weeks after he accused junior doctors of c...

That Manifesto: Time for NHS Reform?

Simon Fairweather | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Fairweather

In an increasingly capitalist world it is easy to give in to temptation, however, that is neither the ethos nor the mandate of a socialist NHS. Before forcing through change let us talk yet perhaps more importantly; let us listen. Only then we can devise a strategy on how to deliver the future, together.

Jeremy Hunt - Does He Actually Know What the Junior Contract Row Is About?

Dr Aoife Abbey | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Aoife Abbey

As a junior doctor I have spent the past two months feeling frequently frustrated about the sheer scale of misinformation presented to the public abou...

Junior Doctor Tears Apart Jeremy Hunt After Remarkable Chance Cancer Diagnosis Story

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Politics

An NHS worker has used a moving story about helping to diagnose a taxi driver's cancerous mole to launch a scathing attack on Jeremy Hunt. The juni...

The BMA Say YES to Progress - Why Does Mr Hunt Say No?

Dr Aoife Abbey | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Aoife Abbey

To the people that rely on the NHS we want to say thank you for sticking with us through our battle this far. We want to say this vote means that we are united in standing up for our profession but we are also united in standing up for you. We will find a way through this, because we sincerely feel your future care depends on it.

The Waugh Zone November 20, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday November 20, 2015… 1) LOOK, THE FORCE IS WITH YOU Top cops have a stark warning t...

Imposition: Why Ultimatums Fail, Ultimately

Dr Aoife Abbey | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK
Dr Aoife Abbey

Junior doctors like me have been crying out injustice for over two months now. The idea of an imposed contract has, unsurprisingly not been met with a warm reception and so in addition to a plea for genuine opportunity to negotiate, The BMA have been clear that withdrawing this threat is crucial for progress. Personally, I have been pretty vocal about my negative feelings regarding the idea of an imposition....but is it reasonable?

Mass NHS Disruption Expected As Junior Doctors Vote For All-Out Strike

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Huffington Post Staff | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK

Thousands of junior doctors in England have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strikes in a bitter row with the Government. The British Medical Asso...

What I Will Tell My Patients When Junior Doctors Strike

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

Any headlines and any politician that says patients will not be safe during a strike is wrong. There will be disruption and annoyances - that is the whole point of a strike. But there will be the most experienced doctors providing hands on care for the patients that need it.

Junior Doctors and the NHS Culture of Management

Julian Vigo | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK
Julian Vigo

The junior doctors' strike this past September protested the proposed salary cuts of up to 30%, an increase in these doctors working antisocial shift...

High Stakes Poker

Simon Fairweather | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Simon Fairweather

The key developments in the ever-circling whirlpool of the very public and political negotiations concerning a future contract for doctors in training, otherwise known as junior doctors, are outlined below.

Junior Doctors Must Act - We Must be Fearless, Brave and United in the Face of Tyranny and Greed. If That Makes Me Militant then So Be It.

Chris James | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Politics
Chris James

If Jeremy Hunt offers junior doctors a genuine pay rise, with safe hours and watertight assurances that doctors will be valued and paid appropriately for hours worked then I hope we add on a single caveat and are truly "militant" in its application:

From Ward to Board: Bridging NHS Policy and Practice

Dr Mahiben Maruthappu | Posted 15.11.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

Practicing clinically while working in NHS England's Chief Executive Office has been a privilege; but this should be the rule not the exception. Current events make it clear that greater alignment is needed from ward to board.

Am I a Moderate or a Militant Doctor?

Dr Siema Iqbal | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK
Dr Siema Iqbal

I am a GP partner and also train junior doctors in inner city Manchester. I have been a doctor for 13 years. I am writing not as a junior doctor but as a voice for my patients that I've looked after for the past 10 years...

Why I Value Junior Doctors

Carrie Beckwith-Fellows | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK
Carrie Beckwith-Fellows

I value every junior doctor who has played a part in my journey. Complex conditions are difficult to live with. Patients can develop trust issues with doctors and we can easily lose our voice. Hospitals become our second home and our life can change in an instant. Junior doctors teach us skills we cannot learn ourselves. They laugh with us and cry with us. They become our closest ally when we are facing our hardest battles. To every junior doctor fighting for recognition, I value you.

Accident and Emergency in Need of Resuscitation

Simon Fairweather | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK
Simon Fairweather

I am a junior doctor. I love the siege-induced mentality of a busy department. I love the pressure of promptly assessing and treating patients in a li...

Jeremy: You Need to Go to the Doctors

Wendy Minks | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Politics
Wendy Minks

Mr Hunt dilutes this goodwill at his peril. He has transgressed the first rule of being a Health Secretary and its high time he remembered it. First, do no harm.

Junior Doctors vs Jeremy Hunt Is a Convenient Smokescreen for the Real Story

Youssef El-Gingihy | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Politics
Youssef El-Gingihy

Over the past few weeks, we have seen remarkable events play out as a new generation of young doctors have been politicised and radicalised. This culm...

Safer for Patients, Fairer for Doctors

Ben Gummer | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Politics
Ben Gummer

The debate around proposed reforms to their contracts has highlighted their passion and dedication. That's why this week's firm contract offer from the government and NHS Employers is important. The government has been clear that our proposed reforms are about delivering a fairer, safer deal for doctors and patients. This proposal builds on the cast-iron guarantees that the government has already set out on better basic pay, a shorter working week and improving patient safety.

Three Reasons Why a Doctor's Strike Is Ethically Justifiable

Rajiv Chandegra | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Politics
Rajiv Chandegra

On 17th October 2015, I marched alongside over 15,000 fellow junior doctors to protest against the government's imposition of a new working contract. With the reverberating plea of "Save our NHS" we finally gathered around the humbling statue of Gandhi at Parliament Square.

Hunt's Thirty Pieces of Silver

Dr Aoife Abbey | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Aoife Abbey

I am desperate for progress, I am desperate for talks and I am desperate for the Department of Health to realise that extra money is not my motivation for working extra hours now, nor will it persuade me into accepting these proposals for the future. As a junior doctor I am saying, keep your thirty pieces of silver Hunt; but please, lets talk about patients.

How Can Ministers Claim to Be Promoting Patient Care When the Wellbeing of Those Who Provide It Is Suffering So Badly on Their Watch?

Luciana Berger | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

As we give serious consideration to the concerns of our junior doctors, driven to the edge of industrial action, let's also think about the nurses, cleaners, paramedics, healthcare assistants, porters, consultants, and everyone who makes up the NHS. They deserve decent working conditions, and that includes good mental health.