Junior Doctors March
I wanted to comment on a few misconceptions that are being actively promoted by Jeremy Hunt and the Tory party.
1) It's not just about the money. Hunt wants the doctors to work even longer hours than they already are but doesn't want to pay them a fair rate for all the extra work. That's even if it were possible for them to do extra work without giving up the few hours they get for sleep. The doctors are already working more hours than they're being paid for.
2) The doctors aren't endangering people's lives by marching today or by striking on other days. There would have been twice as many doctors on today's march, but half of them were on call, i.e protecting their patients. What does endanger patients' lives are doctors that are exhausted after working all the extra hours they do. And when the junior doctors are on strike, their work is being covered by senior doctors.
3) Hunt says he wants a 7-day working week for the NHS. But the NHS is already working a 7-day week, even if many of the staff aren't being paid for it.
4) The NHS isn't failing because of the staff or because of mismanagement. The Tories have withdrawn enough funding to ensure some failures. That way they can say that it's not working under public management, then sell it off to their corporate mates. Watch how it fails then. They even use failings in the 111 service to blame the NHS. But the 111 service has been privately run for some time.
Many of you already know all of this. Many don't because the right-wing press and, shamefully, the BBC are deliberately not reporting what's going on. Please pass this on to those who don't know. Thanks.