Eventually the government will crush the Junior doctors as they have crushed all trade union opposition previously by using the Judiciary as a cosh to reduce civil rights and liberties….
“Writing in the Daily Telegraph, James Kirkup gives the recalcitrant medics a warning from history. He warns that the BMA is repeating the mistakes of the National Union of Mineworkers, over-estimating the nation’s dependency on their members.
That Britain’s economy could survive without British coal was unthinkable, right up until it wasn’t. Kirkup argues that technological progress and competing models of provision mean that our monolithic state healthcare provider may soon find itself similarly outflanked.
But whilst that might be true, it is by no means certain that we have reached this point now. For all that Arthur Scargill’s attempt to topple Margaret Thatcher is the stuff of legend, it shouldn’t eclipse the fact that there were plenty of miners’ strikes before that final confrontation and the miners won most of them, enjoying public sympathy as they did so.
Jeremy Hunt could end up being a modern-day Margaret Thatcher, bringing truculent trades unionists to heel and unleashing modernity on one of the UK’s totemic industries. Or he could be Edward Heath.
As Simon Jenkins points out in today’s Daily Mail, public support for the NHS is currently bulletproof. This makes it incredibly hard to reform: in fact, the public health lobby have convinced many politicians that it is easier to reform the public than to make a serious attempt to reform public services.
“Cost to the NHS” is thus one of the main pillars of modern drives against smoking and obesity. But setting aside any liberal qualms we might have about that, it isn’t clear that this represents a viable long-term solution.”
Full article from the link below…….
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, James Kirkup gives the recalcitrant medics a warning from history. He warns that the BMA is repeating the mistakes of the National Union of Mineworkers, over-estimating the nation’s dependency on their members.
This piece leads on from a Guardian article
from the DOCTORSNET website
Leaks reveal contract dispute secrets 2327/05/2016
BMA leaders brushed aside embarrassing revelations last night about junior doctor discussions during the contract dispute.
A leak of 1,000 pages of messages suggests the BMA junior doctors committee planned to “tie the Department of Health up in knots for the next 16-18 months.”
The plan was to draw the dispute out with “punctuated action for a prolonged period,” the Health Service Journal, which obtained the messages, claimed.
The BMA said the messages reflected the “anger and frustration felt by junior doctors across the country due to the government’s refusal to listen to their concerns.”
The journal said the messages highlighted divisions in the BMA. Two members of the junior doctor committee’s executive resigned earlier this month – and messages criticised the BMA leadership.
It says the messages show that some committee members felt pay was the key issue, not safety. One executive member described weekend pay as “the only real red line.”
Committee chair Dr Johann Malawana is cited as discussing an overall increase in pay that might lead the juniors to concede on the weekend issue.
But he told members that the abortive talks in January were “rubbish” and the BMA should only take part to “play the political game of always looking reasonable.”