17/02/2016

It’s nothing personal Jeremy, honest. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Finally, negotiations have ceased! Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has decided to “end the uncertainty for the service by proceeding with the introduction of a new [Junior Doctor] contract”. Thanks, Jeremy. 
 
Let us translate Jeremy’s em-bull-ishment and expose the truth.
 
Jeremy didn’t get his own way. The BMA bent over backwards to agree with “approximately 90 per cent” of the points of discussion but this was not good enough. Therefore, Jeremy decided to impose his contract unilaterally.
 
Far removed from Mr Hunt and his silver-spoon healthcare plan, a very real issue confronts the NHS and the majority of UK citizens.“Doctors in training are essential for the delivery of safe, high-quality patient care. The imposition of a contract takes us even further away from a goal to make the NHS the most attractive place in the world for doctors to work” was said in a joint statement between the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
 
Regardless of who tells him or how they say it, Jeremy still seems oblivious to the detriment that redefining anti-social hours, in order to stretch understaffed services to achieve a seven-day NHS, will cause.
 
I am sure I speak for all 45,000 current junior doctors and the many more medical students when I say that money is not our motive. Instead of hoping on an LSE Economics BSc to grant me a place as a HSBC intern with a starting salary to dwarf that of an FY1 I am writing to you, Jeremy: your contract will be the detriment of patient care; doctors will be left overwhelmed; striking will continue; and emigration will follow.
 
Fortunately I am not alone. A petition to parliament calling for Jeremy Hunt to resume meaningful contract negotiations with the BMA has recently collected over 100,000 signatures meaning that it will now be debated in the House of Commons.
 
Thank goodness for negotiations. 
 
Joe Hearle, MBBS Year 2, Online Editor