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Local health campaigner and Labour Candidate for the Greater London Assembly, Emily Brothers has expressed concern about the Government’s failure to prevent today’s strike by junior doctors at St Helier Hospital. Ms Brothers, who is a cardiology patient at St Helier Hospital following her triple heart bypass surgery shortly after last year’s General Election campaign, said:
“Junior doctors at St Helier Hospital provide much respected healthcare to local people, but they are being placed under more and more strain 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.
“The need for today’s strike is a real disappointment, including to junior doctors themselves, but it’s little surprise that we have come to this point. Responsibility for today’s strike rests firmly with the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt.
“In London we’ve seen the strain the NHS is under with over 10,000 nursing vacancies, A&E waiting time targets missed and doctors under immense pressure. It’s time the Government recognised the vital role junior doctors play and listened to their legitimate concerns. That’s why I urge the Government to heed the concerns of junior doctors at St Helier Hospital and for both sides to go back to sincere negotiations.”

Notes to Editors
1. Emily Brothers is a Labour London-wide Candidate for the Greater London Assembly Election to be held in May 2016. She was Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam at the 2015 General Election.
2. Media Contact: emily.brothers@btinternet.com / www.emilybrothers.com / www.twitter.com/ebrotherslabour / Mob 0776 506 0864.

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