The Government may be looking ahead to another winter of mild disruption, lengthening waiting lists, and protracted negotiations. Nonetheless, the prognosis is not half as gloomy as this time last year.
The waves of strikes we are seeing punish patients, children, and commuters. Acceding to the inflated pay demands of the unions would punish us all by making our inflation problem worse.
We are still trying to clear the backlog created by Covid-19; industrial action will mean more delays and more preventable suffering.
I love experts. I used to be one. But it’s in their nature, singularly and collectively, to lay it on thick.
In my view, what is needed is a system to allow our most experienced doctors to knowledgeably control referrals and patient demand.
The union’s conference applauded speeches about the NHS not having enough money. Then voted to overstretch its resources even further.
And he asks: why did the Women and Equalities Select Committee choose an adviser open to the charge of being parti pris?
He has been more robust than any if his predecessors in challenging NHS failings. Prime Ministers seem to have given up trying to sack him.
I was previously uncomfortable about the imposition of the contract, but now believe there is little alternative.
Our broad programme is aimed at ensuring our healthcare is the safest and highest quality available anywhere.
Young doctors have been wickedly misled by the BMA to break the Hippocratic Oath – although one in five has had the bravery to cross the picket lines.
The last thing we want is a ‘miners moment’ in our NHS, but the doctors’ union is making unreasonable demands.
The union’s leaders have engaged in a dangerous and damaging political crusade, to the detriment of their profession.