Supporting Junior Doctors

Come and meet junior doctors today and tomorrow to find out more about their strike – and learn life-saving skills.

Junior doctors are on strike today and tomorrow across England, in protest at the imposition of a new contract. The new contract reduces the pay junior doctors get for working at night and at weekends. Guaranteed pay increases linked to length of service would also be scrapped.

Senior doctors, will be covering junior doctors duties during the strike, along with nurses and other staff who are working as usual.

In Redhill, junior doctors will be holding walk-in life-saving training sessions in the former Curry’s shop in the Belfry Centre (ground floor near the escalator). These are from 10am to 2pm on both days. They are also selling cakes for St Catherine’s Hospice. Please go along and give your support.

 

 

Zena Dodgson, East Surrey Green Party Secretary and a retired NHS worker, has written this letter to the Surrey Mirror:

Dear Sir/Madam

Junior doctors are taking strike action this week, and it is a great pity that they have been forced to this point by the obstinate approach of the health secretary.

As a retired member of NHS staff, I know that I am not alone in my concerns for the future of the health service on which we all rely.

Many people are frightened for the future, watching creeping privatisation, sell-offs to profit-driven corporations, cuts to services and attacks on pay and employment conditions across the NHS; they are starkly aware of the potential negative impacts of these ideologically-driven changes on patient care.

Locally, junior doctors will be out sharing their vital skills in our community, providing life-saving training in Redhill as part of their action. Doctors aren’t striking out of greed or selfishness, but out of concern for the future of our health service, and each one of us who could be a patient relying on it at any time.

The government must change the way it treats our NHS and reopen negotiations with the junior doctors. A caring health secretary would make proposals that are fair and work for staff and patients alike.

Until then, I and fellow Green Party members in East Surrey will continue to stand in solidarity with NHS staff as they fight for what’s right.

Yours sincerely,

Zena Dodgson

 

Read more about the strike on the BBC website

Read an article by South East Green MEP Keith Taylor on the strike

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