BOOM: The doctors’ strikes are all about the money.
Recall that downtrodden junior doctors were forced into striking over the imposition of a new contract by an uncaring government. “It’s all about safety”, our heroes said, “it’s not the money, we just don’t want people to suffer.”
Meanwhile, vile commentators said it’s all about the money, and that exhausted docs will suddenly be fit enough to work a Saturday if they have their mouths stuffed with gold. Well excuse me, but they admit that the vile commentators were right all along. The Health Service Journal has the scoop, via a motherload of leaked conversations, on Whatsapp (me neither) among junior doctors leaders at the British Medical Association.
– The leadership of the British Medical Association’s junior doctors’ committee wanted to “draw this [dispute] right out” with “punctuated [industrial action] for a prolonged period” and tie “the DH up in knots for the next 16-18 months”.
– JDC chair Johann Malawana told the group in December that the “best solution” might include playing out the dispute for so long that it would “force” the government “to impose [the contact] against our support”.
– Despite protestations that the dispute was about “safety, not pay”, the issue of weekend pay was described late last year by a JDC executive member as “the only real red line” for junior doctors.
I heard Melawana on the wireless many times. He was clear that it wasn’t the money, and that it was all about patient safety. The truth is, in their own words, that they had no intention of negotiating faithfully. They wanted to drag out the dispute and the strikes. They wanted to force the government into imposing a contract when, publicly, they were complaining that the government was imposing the contract.
And it’s all about the money, the “only real red line”.
They lied to doctors, the government and the nation. They inconvenienced the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients, causing thousands of operations to be cancelled and causing thousands of patients incalculable stress. They put the lives of many people in severe danger. They called a total walk out with no emergency cover. All of this was done and they lied about it all the way through.
They are dirty, lying, dishonourable doctors. I sincerely hope that the BMA disbands the committee, that those responsible are struck off and that legal action is taken against them.