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11/01/2016 09:14 GMT | Updated 11/01/2017 05:12 GMT

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In the last couple of weeks, the Junior Doctor contract dispute with the government has been swept under the carpet as Star Wars: The Force Awakens has dominated the cultural conversation.

In the last couple of weeks, the Junior Doctor contract dispute with the government has been swept under the carpet as Star Wars: The Force Awakens has dominated the cultural conversation.

In an attempt to capture the public imagination in the same way, Dr Kishan Rees made a video to explain the complex Junior Doctor contract dispute in the context of Star Wars.

He told me "Unlike Star Wars, this isn't happening in a galaxy far far away. I am a teacher involved in training the next generation of Junior Doctors, the invisible hundreds of students who are already in the system and are on a runaway train hurtling towards this contract change with no option but to accept it or quit."

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"Personally, I would stand to benefit from the changes currently proposed. As an academic who doesn't work overtime, I am looking at a payrise. But I was lucky enough to have been educated and trained in the decade before these new proposals, and as a teacher who is protective of my students and the thousands like them around the country, I feel that if they aren't going to be defended and nurtured by the government as I was, I will have to do it myself."

"In the small amount of time I am able to step bleary-eyed out of the hospital ward and into the real world, I have been shocked at how few people outside of my medical bubble know or care about the Junior Doctor dispute. I made the Junior Jedi video not to trivialise the situation, but to spread the word for those people, who I think would be just as appalled as my colleagues and I are at the future the NHS is facing."

Definitely worth a watch, whether you're a Star Wars fan or not. After all, it is your NHS.

Here's the video http://youtu.be/JRF_n-mlLSQ

@DrKishanRees