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Dont be hoodwinked by Jeremy Hunt stand your ground junior doctors

Here is very good reason why we all should support our junior doctors:




According to Jeremy Hunt bible of those naughty junior doctors who went on the strike actions are unnecessary. This is what NHS England alleged that 10,000 junior doctors reported for work out of 26,000. I say that I beg to believe the figure of BMA instead of NHS England. BMA council chairman Dr Mark Porter said neither side wanted the dispute to go on “indefinitely” and urged the Government to “recognise the strength of feeling” among medics.

Oh dear me. A majority of the public support junior doctors strike action. The establishment are now officially in panic mode which goes to show David Cameron tries to use his influence to call on our junior doctors to call off the strikes. Well both Jeremy Hunt and David Cameron, I’m a patent of the NHS and proud of being born in NHS. I have to say both Scameron and Hunt stop scaremongering face facts doctors, nurses, and Careworkers works long hours and our National Health Services (NHS) are underfunded and with added pressures pile on to the work force means accidents will happen. The NHS is always open 24/7 and there is cover over the weekend. If you say can more be done to #SaveOurNHS the answer is yes by investing more into the service and offer a better term and conditions with the pay and increments.

In the West Midlands region Sandwell Hospital tried to order the Junior Doctors back to work alleging a level 4 incident after a very high number of admissions which was far from the truth as it turned out the local NHS did not follow protocol by liaising with the national BMA.  Great to see so much support for our young doctors strike on 12 Jan 2016. It’s about time they stood their ground and decided to fight for what they believe in. this is the reality of what is happening Junior Doctors work long hours without a break is asking for a problem to arise. Consultants and senior doctors should take heed of this, and also work longer hours rather than doing Private Consultations. Money doesn’t make the world go around.

It is further alleged that there are 70 names on this list of MPs (over 60 are Tories) who have links to the private healthcare industry – received donations , have shares in, worked for, on board of etc. The list is a year old, before the huge LibDem electoral debacle. So LibDem MPs are on it : they also had their noses in the trough.

I would call on all in concern who cares about our NHS and supports our Nurses, and Doctors to  join them on their day of strikes on 26 Jan 2016 to show solidarity and hand out leaflets in order to raise public awareness on what it is all about. Unfortunately the establishment will say it is just about pay, which is only a very small part of it. It is about the government removing safety measures that stop junior doctors from working excessive hours, which will add to their stress levels, threaten the quality of care patients receive and undermine the future of our NHS.

Doctors are frustrated about being undervalued, like the nurses, many already at breaking point, looking to work overseas, where countries like Australia are offering them much better pay and conditions or leaving the profession all together. This will not only impact on how timely patients are treated and looked after but on the next generation of doctors and the future of our NHS itself.

This sum it from Arun Takhar who I follow on facebook is a junior doctor who i follow who said this:
 “So I couldn’t strike today because I am providing on call emergency cover. I’m 15 hours in and waiting to take a patient to theatre who has life threatening bleeding. I am waiting because my junior doctor colleagues along with the theatre team have just saved the life of a young lady with internal bleeding and they’re still finishing off.

If anyone really needs us during this strike everyone is here for you. Don’t believe the crap the Murdoch rags will be touting about unsafe care and lives lost during the strike. It’s utter crap. No one moaned when we provided emergency only care (any bank holiday) for a bloody royal wedding.

And from August I’ll be getting £2.35 an hour for providing this service so I better stock up on the möet whilst I can”.

If anyone really needs us during this strike everyone is here for you. Don’t believe the crap the Murdoch rags will be touting about unsafe care and lives lost during the strike. It’s utter crap. No one moaned when we provided emergency only care (any bank holiday) for a bloody royal wedding.

And from August I’ll be getting £2.35 an hour for providing this service so I better stock up on the möet whilst I can…

It’s rich to think that our doctors are militant or irresponsible, anything but from my experience and the conversations I have with friends and relatives. They are hardworking dedicated professionals who are very concerned because Mr Hunt, bad decisions cost live.

If this was a private business (which no doubt it soon will be if the public do not do more to stop it) then as its CEO Hunt should immediately get the sack for creating chaos, mistrust, demoralising the workforce and imposing conditions that are dangerous and will adversely affect the wellbeing of the employees and the service users. This is the general idea that the Tories want to do for the long term. I’m proud to be born in the NHS at the point of need and not the few.

I would urge all do not delay going to hospital if you or your loved one is sick. During the strike action, hospitals will be safe. Junior doctors across the country have the support of their consultants, who will provide a safe emergency service for patients. In fact, evidence suggests that mortality rates usually fall when doctors go on strike. This is because many elective procedures, with small but real risks, are cancelled.

The government are proposing to remove the safeguards protecting how many hours a doctor can work each week, taking them back out of the European Working Time Directive . This means that hospitals will be able to ask their junior doctors to work more, and will potentially lead to tired over-worked staff. Ultimately a tired doctor is not good for patient safety. Adequately protecting the workforce that protect the public should be paramount. 
Compare this to the aviation industry or long distance truck drivers. These industries rightly recognise the need to protect their workforce in order to protect the public from harm. Nobody wants an over-worked, tired pilot. Why are the doctors that care for peoples’ lives any different?
This fundamental issue of patient safety is why 54,000 junior doctors are so angry.

Doctors are being asked to work more antisocial hours for less overall pay. Although there will be an 11% rise in basic rate pay, this is off-set by a 25-50% reduction in antisocial hours pay, which will occur due to the reclassification of normal working hours. These “normal” working hours will be from 7am-10pm Monday to Friday, and 7am-7pm Saturday. This means that working at 9pm on a Friday night is normal working hours, and is paid at basic rate pay. 
The net effect is a pay cut. Most doctors estimate they will lose out on 15-30% of their current earnings. At the same time, they will be expected to work more antisocial hours, and lose safeguards to prevent excess rostered hours.

The government’s tactic is to smear doctors as caring only about money, as evidenced by some recent media editorials. They are repeatedly misrepresenting facts in order to support their own political agenda. For example, Jeremy Hunt misquoted the Freemantle Paper which showed that a patient is more likely to die within 30 days after admission on a Sunday than a Wednesday. He used the paper to try to support his claim that consultants should not be allowed to opt out of weekend working. In fact, it is not surprising that more people would die after admission on a Sunday, as few elective procedures take place at the weekend, and no causal effect was drawn from the findings. But the headlines ran nonetheless, causing a worrying number of people to wait till after the weekend before presenting to hospital.

Only this week, did it become apparent that Sir Bruce Keogh’s statement about junior doctors strikes was amended by the DoH. The angle they wanted to emphasise was that if doctors went on strike, they would not be there to help in the event of a major incident. This is a low blow, and it is fair to say that all striking doctors would drop their placards to help in such a situation.
Healthcare should be a basic human right. If the government has its way, the NHS is going to be slowly dismantled by privatisation, and healthcare will be for the privileged and those that can afford it. Publicly, the government are saying this disagreement is about junior doctors pay. But most medics feel their hidden agenda is to privatise the NHS. Last year alone, nearly £3.45billion (or 40%) of NHS deals went to private firms. Private providers are able to pick the most lucrative deals to boost their profits, leaving the NHS with less money to provide comprehensive care.

Support amongst other healthcare professionals and other public services are high. They recognise that if the government wins the battle with junior doctors, they will be next. Nurses, consultants, GPs, hospital porters, radiographers etc are all in the line of fire. Nurses training bursaries have already been cut, leading to a protest march last weekend.

Recent reports show a worrying number of potential students have been put off pursuing a career in medicine. The Student Room conducted a survey of 1,550 students and found that 37% who had wanted to study medicine had changed their minds as a result of Hunt’s proposed contract changes. Likewise, the cessation of nurses training bursaries will discourage people joining the nursing profession. Large numbers of doctors have or are considering moving abroad, taking their skills and expertise with them. In a time when recruitment is already a huge problem across the country in many specialities (especially A&E, Paediatrics, General Practice), things are going to get even worse. We need to support and value our healthcare professionals to help recruitment and retention of staff. Without them there is no health service.

Many government ministers have a vested interest in the privatisation of the NHS, with links or shares in private healthcare companies. This is a clear conflict of interest. It is hard to imagine another business model where those deciding the fate of a company could have such a potential bias. They stand to make a lot of money if the private healthcare companies do well. Even more shocking, Jeremy Hunt co-authored a book on how to privatise the NHS before he took up his position in the Department of Health. Surely this gives huge cause for concern given he is now in charge of the NHS?

This so called establishment have pledged to implement a 24/7 NHS. But we already have one! While there are some elements that we all agree could be improved, there needs to be a clear distinction between providing seven day emergency care and five day elective care. We need to properly fund the existing services to improve them, before trying to create a 24/7 elective service.

The principles of the NHS stand as true today, as they did in 1948. Free healthcare for all society, from cradle to grave, regardless of wealth or status.

The public should know that strike action is a last resort. The BMA have tried to work with the government, but they will not compromise on the issue of safety of patients or doctors. This is the main sticking point in the negotiations process, and one on which the profession is standing its ground.

It is with a heavy heart but a clear head that doctors will stand at the picket line on 26 Jan 2016 . Please support them.

I would like to make very clear I have have some family and friends who are  junior doctors this what they say that they are standing up for:

It is about genuine lifesaving doctors versus spin doctors.

It’s about the future of NHS and about not pay

Refusing a contract that does not ensure the safety of patients.

Caring for those who care for us

Motivating and rewarding dedicated doctors so there is not a mass exodus to other countries

It is about one man’s extreme ideology Jeremy Hunt the Tory, Secretary of State for health, along with a government who want to privatise our NHS and make huge profits for their rich friends.

It is about decent public health not private wealth

It is about making people aware that our NHS is being destroyed and if you think privatisation is better than I hope you have lots of money stashed away, because a simple procedure will cost you thousands. A complicated one will cost you your home or your life.

It is about our duty to save our NHS the greatest social achievement for ordinary people, fought for with our own blood, sweat and tears, happening right here, right now, before it is too late.