David Cameron promised a 'truly seven-day NHS' before and after the general election, even going as far as to use the word 'plan' 18 times in one speech. The fact that there is no plan, that the government is yet to set the objectives or assess the impact of expanding seven-day services, only goes to show that this was nothing more than a headline-grabbing soundbite set to win votes rather than improve care for patients.
What happens when medics and social media collide? You get one of the biggest revolutions in one of the world's most respected healthcare systems... A real power shift happened. Social media meant that the people, whom the NHS stood for, were back in the driving seat.
Black Wednesday is upon us. This Wednesday, there will be thousands of newly qualified doctors and junior doctors rotating commencing and rotating posts coupled with a general summer holiday exodus for most senior healthcare professionals.
As a junior doctor in occupational health - a medical specialty concerned with health at work, I spend a significant proportion of my time coaching and supporting my junior doctor colleagues who in this current climate, are particularly vulnerable to the insurmountable workplace and training demands coupled with seemingly never-ending warfare between the government and the BMA.
In the end, junior doctors will look after you day and night. Now someone needs to look after them. Safe doctors will mean and always has meant safer patient care. It is time for the new Guardians of Safe Working Hours to step up to the plate.
The Blairite coup against Jeremy Corbyn has sorely misjudged the public mood. The economy is in free fall and the rampant racism unleashed by the Leave campaign makes the "No blacks, dogs and Irish" signs of the 60's seem welcoming. Vigilante bigots now roam our streets attacking "foreigners", issuing unofficial deportation orders demanding, "We want our country back".
Our underfunded NHS now faces potentially catastrophic financial consequences of Brexit. But the most immediate threat to the NHS is not financial but human: the risk that members of its most precious, most undervalued asset - its workforce - may now wonder what on earth they are doing here.
You know what the problem is with the NHS? And I'm not thinking about too few nurses, although that is probably true, and I don't mean too little money, although that's a huge issue, and it's not that there's more of us and we are all living longer, although that's true too...no, the problem with the NHS is that consultants don't put in the hours.
It doesn't really matter now what happens with the contract. Come August the shortage of junior doctors will be worse than ever, rotas will be full of gaps and the existing workforce will be even more stretched than they are at present. This will perpetuate the downward spiral of NHS morale and the ongoing departure of valuable staff from the service. If only Mr Hunt had been willing to talk all those months ago.
Junior doctors have absolutely no interest in political victories, we want there to be less politics in the NHS, not more, and we want to refocus a generation of doctors on the important work ahead, to deliver an NHS we all can be proud of.
The responsibility lies with the government; they have chosen to spend £9m on a leaflet about Brexit without spending this on having more junior doctors or investing in a better contract for junior doctors.
If the government continues to disregard society's needs and people's welfare, junior doctors should bring it down. Over the past few days, one of th...
It wasn't meant to go like this. We were meant to cross the picket line in waves, our public support was meant to crumble, and trust in our profession was meant to disintegrate as our strike imperiled patients' lives.
I know there is a lot of anger among many junior doctors. I understand why: juniors have many legitimate concerns about their current work and training routines and to be told - falsely- that they would suffer a 30% pay cut would anger any sensible person. But they have been misled and in any event this week's strike action is totally disproportionate... As many junior doctors consider joining the picket line again today, my message to them is simple: please be responsible and consider the impact your strike action will have on patients. They remain the most important consideration for us all.
Doing battle with the junior doctors, smearing them, ignoring them, trying to silence them, is the perfect way to obliterate goodwill and turn kindness into jaded disinterest. A generation of junior doctors is desperate here. Striking is an act of desperation. Jeremy Hunt claims he supports NHS whistleblowers. Yet now, faced with 54,000 of them, he's using every trick in the book to silence them. The hypocrisy is breathtaking.
Junior Doctors are trusted all over the country, every hour of every week, to look after the health of their patients. My plea would be that none would be swayed by the spun conspiracy theories from the government that the BMA to trying to destroy Westminster. Rather, I would appeal for trust that this country's doctors will continue to do what they are the best in the world at doing- looking after their patients.