junior doctors contract
Based on their track record, would they have hesitated to legally challenge the UK government: particularly on Jeremy Hunt's early assertion that we do not already have a seven-day emergency NHS, a proclamation which has already led to well-documented patient harm?
Mr Hunt's dramatic U-turn on his repeated threat to impose his contract, broken by the Guardian, has arisen from a court case mounted by grassroots junior doctors against him. They believe they can prove he has no legal basis upon which to make his threat, and has acted unlawfully by pretending to be able to exercise a power he never had.
Just over a week ago, Einstein's theory of gravitational waves was finally proven. Queue a lot of scientists, jumping up
It is hard to see how trust between the medical profession in England and Jeremy Hunt can be regained but it is imperative that he steps back from the imposition of this contract and both sides come back to the negotiating table to achieve a fair deal that is safe for patients and staff.
Why Imposition Is Damaging to the Longevity of the NHS - A Medical Student Perspective on Becoming a Junior Doctor
I am a medical student in my penultimate year of study at the University of Manchester and it's with a very heavy heart I concede that I may not see out my long-held ambition of becoming a doctor in anything more than title.
Tired doctors make mistakes. It's as simple as that. I ask Hunt, would he truly want an understandably tired doctor operating on a relative of his? If a junior doctor can't look after their own health, how can they look after that of their patients?
Junior doctors have fought valiantly over the last few months, and have been well supported by other medical professionals and the public, so much so that it felt like it was our fight too. GPs have tweeted, rallied, and picked up the extra work when registrars were striking, so the final insult - that all of this had made no impact on the government - felt personal.
All eyes will be on junior doctors this week as they begin their first day of strike action against a new contract proposed by the government. I will be paying particular attention, as in around two years I will be qualifying as a junior doctor myself. Unable to strike, my fellow medical students and I will be watching anxiously from inside the hospital as the junior doctors fight not only for their future, but for ours as well...
The objection to the junior doctor pay deal on offer is not childish petulance, avariciousness or political gaming. Nor is it an attempt to align junior doctor remuneration with financial sector packages. But it IS about money and being paid a fair wage for a demanding job.
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.