A striking day in the history of the health services. Mr Hunt has managed to facilitate a “first”, and break the record of 40 years without a strike for emergencies.. Is there a difference between a professional and a tradesman?

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.

Jessica Long in the EDP Norfolk: What you need to know about the junior doctors’ strike today

Over 1,500 appointments and operations have been cancelled in Norfolk as junior doctors prepare for the first all-out strike in NHS history.

Oliver Clay in the Liverpool Echo reports: NHS Halton CCG reminds residents of junior doctors’ strikes this week 

Patients should consider alternative services for non-emergency ailments and illnesses

Siobhan Ryan in the Sussex Argus reports: Hospitals facing major disruption as junior doctors poised for full walk-out

Joshue Coupe in Tonbridge reports: Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust prepares for junior doctors’ strike

Lyn Barton reports from Plymouth: ‘Patients will be safe’ say senior doctors in Devon and Cornwall as they support strike action

Jane Kirby in Sunderland Echo reports: Junior doctors begin first all-out strike in NHS history

Freya Leng in Cambridge reports: How will Cambridgeshire hospitals cope with junior doctors’ historic two-day strike?

Anuji Varma for the Birmingham Post reports: 4,000 appointments cancelled ahead of two-day junior doctors’ strike 

Keep the moral high ground…. Do something but don’t go on strike. It’s the public support which matters..







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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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