As you can see the Daily Mirror is supporting the junior doctors’ strike today, it comes as a new viral video by Peter Stefanovic gives you even more reasons to support the medical staff taking industrial action.
Here is a great explanation why the action is avoidable.
Junior doctors across England are walking out on a four-day strike this morning, in a worsening dispute over pay which threatens huge disruption to the NHS.
Asked about the risks to patients, the BMA has pointed to what it characterises as the risk posed by the already parlous state of the NHS under successive Conservative governments.
Dr Sumi Manirajan, a deputy co-chair of its junior doctors committee, told Sky News: “I can’t guarantee that no lives will be put at risk but what I can guarantee is that 500 patients are dying (every week) waiting for care at the moment. What I can guarantee is that emergency care, essential care will be provided by expert clinicians in hospitals.
“So what I’m saying is that, no, I can’t guarantee that no life will be at risk this week. But that’s because lives are being put at risk every single week.
“We were able to do our 72-hour strike safely, and that demonstrates that we do have expert clinicians who can safely step down and we do have enough doctors to cover the wards.
“If this changes, or if there was a mass casualty event, we urge every trust to contact us because patient safety is first and foremost.
“There will be patients that have their appointments and operations cancelled – the reason for this is because the government won’t negotiate with us. They haven’t given us an opening offer and without an opening offer there’s nothing to negotiate.”
Peter shared his news video and wrote: “Ignore Government lies & spin – this is why I’m standing with the junior doctors who sacrificed so much to keep us safe during the pandemic. If you’re standing with them too RT this widely. Let’s do what we know in our hearts is right.”