Junior Doctors – All Out Action
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Junior Doctors All-Out Action in Winchester – words and images by Rachel Gover.
There seems to be no end in sight to the bitter dispute between the Government and the BMA over contracts being imposed on junior doctors to provide a ‘7-day NHS’.
We spoke to some of the Junior Doctors near the picket line at RHCH in Winchester, including Daniel Growcott, Matthew O’Brien, Rob Walker and Max Johnston:
We all work here in Winchester. Daniel: – This new contract will be dangerous for patients. We are unable to provide safe care for patients. We are not striking because of the Saturday pay. The contract is unfair for us. The Government equality assessment shows that women, single parents and doctor couples will be unfairly discriminated against by the contract.
When do you see an end to this?
Daniel – Despite our cross party suggestion yesterday, which offered partial introduction in some trusts of the contract to establish safety, was rejected unfortunately. Rejected by Jeremy Hunt. He does not care! I am desperately worried for patients.
Matthew – we have observed the Hunt effect as a direct result of spin and lies perpetuated by the Government. This has seen sick patients delay coming to hospital because they believe that we are not open 7 days a week, when we are. This contract does not have the evidence to suggest that it will work. The Department of Health has admitted this.
Junior Doctors – Next Step?
Matthew – we are prepared to do this again if necessary, with regret. We will be led by the BMA’s decision as to how it’s best to proceed. This is for the benefit first and foremost for the patients of today and for the future of the NHS.
How are you feeling about the strike?
Matthew – I wanted to go to work. I didn’t want to strike, but what I want more is a safe and fair NHS.