Letter re Junior Doctors Strike April 26th and 27th: This letter was sent to the Derby Telegraph urging support for the Junior Doctors on strike in defence of patients and the NHS. Please try to get to the picket lines or the “meet the doctors events” mentioned in it!

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This letter was sent to the Derby Telegraph urging support for the Junior Doctors on strike in defence of patients and the NHS. Please try to get to the picket lines or the “meet the doctors events” mentioned in it!

Letter re Junior Doctors Strike April 26th and 27th

Dear Derby Telegraph,

A few months ago I had a triple heart bypass operation. The people treating me and caring for me were just brilliant. Yet some of these very people – the Junior Doctors – are in the next couple of days again going on strike again.

Why? Is it because they don’t really care about their patients? No absolutely not – it is because they care very much. They do not want patients to be treated by tired and exhausted medical staff, who have been bullied ad forced into accepting patterns of work that they believe to be clinically unsound.

This is the central issue regarding the Junior Doctors strike action. Should working patterns and practices be forced on doctors by Tory politicians who have also starved the NHS of funds, and put into effect NHS fragmentation and privatisation to turn it into a big money business?

I know who I trust – and it’s not the politicians.

 The BMA has written to Jeremy Hunt, offering to call off the industrial action if he calls off the imposition of the new contracts. He has refused point blank. The doctors are left with no alternative.

 Please show you support them – meet them outside the main gate of Royal Derby Hospital between 8.00 and 10.00 am on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th April, and come to talk with them in front of St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Street, Derby on both days between 11.00 – 2.00pm.

Sincerely

Bill Greenshields

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