Watch: Junior doctors unveil campaign film as war with Hunt escalates
Jeremy Hunt appears to be gearing up for an almighty war with Britain’s junior doctors as they prepare for strike action next month.
Having previously called doctors "militants", Hunt has now condemned their planned walk outs on 1, 8 and 16 December as “extreme action” that will “harm vulnerable patients”.
He has been backed by Sarah Wollaston, Tory chair of the Commons health select committee, who called the industrial action "highly unsafe for patients”.
Junior doctors are standing firm, furious that a proposed new contract will hugely extend the hours in any week for which they are paid basic rates of pay and harm patient care.
Who will the public side with?
As the tensions escalate, the government may well be concerned about an impending PR battle between heroic junior doctors and an axe-wielding millionaire Tory Cabinet minister.
Especially now that a number of junior doctors have now produced a six minute campaign film setting out why they are eyeing up industrial action - and featuring real-life stories.
The film’s creator Dr Amar Mashru states:
“This is a story about the patients and people of the NHS, and the staff that have dedicated their lives to helping others at their most scared and their most vulnerable.
“This campaign is far bigger than the terms and conditions of a contract - this is a campaign to defend the National Health Service itself.”
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