YP Letters: Junior medics can withstand a long dispute

Junior doctors on a picket line otuside Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.
Junior doctors on a picket line otuside Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.
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From: John Gordon, Whitcliffe Lane, Ripon.

WHAT is a junior doctor? It seems to have been a term invented by the NHS for my friends at medical school in the 1950s considered themselves students until the day they were fully qualified.

This dispute could be very long. Jeremy Hunt seems to 
have forgotten that he is dealing with students quite used to being supported by their family.

Most of the students’ work could be carried out by a trained nurse. Operations are carried out by consultants with trained medical teams. The student is often not invited to observe operations!

From: Hugh Rogers, Messingham Road, Ashby.

COULD I point out to those correspondents who seem 
happy to support the strike action by junior doctors,
that these employees are 
being offered a substantial pay rise in return for treating most of Saturday as a normal 
working day? It doesn’t seem so terrible.

In fact the dispute has little to do with patient safety or “saving our NHS”.

The unrest is being fomented by the doctors’ trade union, the British Medical Association, which bitterly opposed the establishment of the NHS way back in 1947.