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A sad day, but the fight continues

A non-partisan offer, with cross party support, was presented to the Health Secretary, in an attempt to stop the strikes.

His response was to call them “opportunistic”.

It is with a heavy heart that we junior doctors withold our services. It is not what we wanted to do – no-one wanted to give up their job in order to fight a legal battle against the contract; no-one wanted to strike; no-one wanted to sleep outside the department of health for 24 hours to try to persuade Jeremy Hunt to get back round the negotiating table.

But enough is enough and junior doctors around the UK have walked in protest at the imposition of the new unsafe, unfair contract. This is an unprecedented strike and the responsibility should be put squarely at the door of the Health Secretary for letting it happen.

To our patients:
If you have a medical emergency, please still go to A&E and your GP – hospitals have had several weeks to plan for this day and your emergency care will be provided by a consultant.

Thank you to the public showing us your support; thank you to the consultants providing consultant cover to ensure the public still get emergency care; thank you to our colleagues fighting in other ways.

The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it – Bevan (founder of the NHS)

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Justice for Health – legal challenge to junior contracts starts TODAY

The JustHealth Team start their High Court battle against the junior doctors contract today.

The Health Secretary tweeted last night that he was now going to “introduce” the new contract for F1 (first year graduate doctors) – we welcome this change in tone, but unless he gets back around the negotiating table, it will be hard to move forward and avert next week’s first full junior doctors strike.

#JustHealth #JuniorDoctorsStrike

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#timetotalkJeremy – permanent protest

In just 2 weeks, unless the Health Secretary is willing to start negotiations again, there will be an unprecedented junior doctors strike.

We think the Health Secretary, who has always said his “door is open” to junior doctors, should come back to the table, holding open and full discussions. That’s why junior doctors have started a permanent protest outside the Department for Health – there will be a junior doctor there every day, with a chair waiting for Mr Hunt, should he wish to try to prevent this strike.


We are here, Mr Hunt.

Where are you?

#timetotalk #juniorcontract

To volunteer for a shift, please email drsdirectaction[at] – any time you can offer is much appreciated!

(Perhaps Jeremy could start by answering how you plan to stretch a 5 day service to 7 days, without extra money…?)

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April 26th and 27th will see the first full withdrawal of junior doctor labour. The Health Secretary is still insisting on imposing the new contract, which countless doctors and senior experts have decried as unsafe. And now the Department of Health have said they’ll no longer negotiate with the junior doctors.

On these days, consultants (the most senior and experienced doctors in the hospital) will provide emergency medical care. Most routine clinics and operations will be cancelled in order to prioritise emergency care.


Many royal colleges have released statements of support, with consultants stating their support for their juniors and their commitment to maintaining patient safety during the 18hours of strike action.

“We are confident that emergency care will be provided – particularly in maternity units and acute gynaecology services – by consultants and the considerable number of non-training doctors we rely on to run a safe service.”

The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists perhaps capture the current mood perfectly when they say that the strikes are “no longer just about the contractual changes. It is the last resort of an increasingly disillusioned workforce who feel undervalued and ignored by the Department of Health.”

Our message to the Health Secretary could not be clearer: listen to us, negotiate with us, help preserve the NHS with us.

Will the government listen?

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