Junior doctors - HaSol
By Pete Donohue

As reported in previous issues, many local service users and service providers are far from happy with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s dismissal of public opinion and arrogant imposition of an unwelcome new NHS contract for health professionals.

So much so that junior doctors have elected to call three more strikes during March and April. This time they will be for 48 hours each, although emergency services will not be affected.

“Now is the time to stand together in a common defence of the NHS. If not now, when?” say the doctors through their union the BMA. Unite Community in Hastings added “Defend your NHS: support the junior doctors.”

The BMA has called for a judicial review of the Government’s decision in the High Court, citing potential dangers to patients and the lack of a legally required ‘quality impact assessment’. Junior doctors are simply asking for a negotiated fair contract but it seems that Hunt and the Government are unwilling to listen.

Neil O’Warne of Hastings Solidarity told HIP “We are working with the local BMA to support their campaign against contracts which are not fair and not safe. An attack on NHS workers is an attack on the NHS”.

As things stand this planned series of strikes is set for:

  • 8 a.m. Weds 9th March to 8 a.m. Fri 11th March
  • 8 a.m. Weds 6th April to 8 a.m. Fri 8th April
  • 8 a.m. Tues 26th April to 8 a.m. Thurs 28th April

During these times junior doctors will provide emergency cover only. Local supporters of their cause are invited to join picket lines at Hastings Conquest Hospital. For more details contact Hastings Solidarity: www.hasol.org.uk – Unite Community Sussex Coast Branch: www.unitetheunion.org – or British medical Association: www.bma.org.uk