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LABOUR’S EMILY BROTHERS SUPPORTS JUNIOR DOCTORS STRIKE OUTSIDE ST HELIER HOSPITAL

WEDNESDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2016

Photo – Emily Outside St Helier Hospital with Striking Junior Doctors

Photo – Emily Outside St Helier Hospital with Striking Junior Doctors



Local health campaigner and Labour Candidate for the Greater London Assembly, Emily Brothers supported striking junior doctors today outside St Helier Hospital. She expressed concern about the Government’s failure to prevent today’s action and offered her support to striking workers on the picket line. Ms Brothers said:
“Junior doctors at St Helier Hospital provide much respected healthcare to local people, but they are being placed under increasing pressure as a result of the Government’s under-investment in our NHS. Now they are being told they will have to work longer hours, including weekends and night, for less money.
“Junior doctors have negotiated in good faith and NHS leaders managed to reach a deal. It only fell apart with Jeremy Hunt’s intervention. That why responsibility for today’s strike rests firmly with the Health Secretary.
“I’m disappointed that the Government has rejected the BMA’s “cost neutral” proposal for a smaller overtime rate at weekends and a reduction in basic pay. It would be a serious step for the Government to impose new contracts. That’s why I’m calling on Jeremy Hunt to change his attitude and seek a resolution that addresses the concerns of junior doctors. With a well supported NHS workforce, patients can continue to be confident in receiving safe and effective care.
“In London we’ve seen the strain the NHS is under with over 10,000 nursing vacancies, A&E waiting time targets missed and junior doctors under immense pressure. Whilst 600 patients across the capital had their operations cancelled today, I’m confident that Londoners recognise the burden experienced by junior doctors. It is a worrying development – bad for doctors, bad for patients and bad for Londoners.”

Photo – Emily Outside St Helier Hospital with Striking Junior Doctors
Photo – Emily Outside St Helier Hospital with Striking Junior Doctors


The first Strike took place on 12/01/16, with this second 24 strike on 10/02/16, voted for by 98% of junior doctors.


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