Linking junior doctors and terror is cheap politics

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With the junior doctors’ strike now pretty much guaranteed to go ahead this week, it couldn’t hurt to examine the very strange affair of the letter sent to the British Medical Association last year by NHS England’s medical director, Bruce Keogh, asking whether doctors would be available to help in the event of a terrorist attack in the UK.

It transpires that this bizarre and unnecessary connecting of the strike to terrorism (made within a week of the Paris attacks) was approved by Jeremy Hunt’s office. Department of Health officials were consulted on drafts, and were keen to highlight the concerns, and for the letter to be “as hard edged as possible”.

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