Should NHSreality not congratulate Mr Hunt – A striking day in the history of the health services. He has managed to facilitate a “first”, and break the record of 40 years without a strike for emergencies.. Across the country local news/media reports. The sympathy for juniors will disintegrate as there are more strikes and possible deaths, so it is worth recording todays reporting before it regresses. The immediate scapegoat should be Mr Hunt: please remember this in the weeks ahead. The longer term blame should be on the successive ministers of health who have trained too few doctors. We have yet to have the result of “Ambulance threatened strike” and the “consultant’s contract” negotiations. (Francesca Robinson – March 4th, 2016 in Hospital Dr). Is there a difference between a professional and a tradesman? Is it the “moral high ground“, and has it been lost by striking?
Chris Smyth and Sam Coates report 26th April 2016 in the Times : Now ambulance workers threaten summer strike…. Tens of thousands of paramedics and ambulance dispatchers could go on strike after three unions accused Jeremy Hunt of breaking a promise on pay. ….
Across England local papers report the junior doctors strike. Reporters fail to mention that the doctors can move to Wales, Scotland or Ireland and keep their current contract.
Over 1,500 appointments and operations have been cancelled in Norfolk as junior doctors prepare for the first all-out strike in NHS history.
Patients should consider alternative services for non-emergency ailments and illnesses