doctors' strike

The row about whether all schools should have to adopt academy status is an unwelcome distraction. You would have thought
Tuesday marks the first time services such as A&E, maternity and intensive care have been affected during the dispute over
Whitehall officials encouraged a health service boss to strengthen a letter that raised concerns over whether striking junior
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.
As I type these words ballot papers are being printed and sent out across the country to junior doctors in preparation for a proposed strike that now seems all but inevitable. This strike, the first of its kind for 40 years, represents a catastrophic breakdown in the relationship between the Department of Health and the medical profession.
So what are the doctors saying behind closed doors? They are saying that they have had enough. They are declaring that they will unify against the government and that they will fight. They are warning their children not to follow their career path, and considering their options very carefully also. Many have been tempted by warmer climates, or a career change all together. They are adamant that they will not back down, and that the government has picked the wrong group of professionals to attack.
Doctors taking industrial action today do not want to do anything to jeopardise their relationship with patients, the British
Only one-in-four GPs surgeries will take part in industrial action planned for Thursday over doctors' pensions, according