NHS and health

Editorials - March 1995

Editorial comments on the ongoing influence of Stalinism in the British labour movement, the need for a campaign to defend the welfare state, and calling for justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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Support junior doctors!

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Gerry Bates

As Solidarity goes to press on Tuesday 26 April junior doctors are starting a two-day, all-out strike with no emergency-cover.

The strike is an escalation from previous strikes by junior doctors where they have provided emergency-cover. In these strikes it will be up to hospital managements to ensure that hospitals are safe and move consultants from other duties into emergency-care roles. This will cause delays to elective procedures that consultants would otherwise have been carrying out.

The government has given its clearest sign yet that it sees the junior doctors' dispute as a fight over the future of their austerity plans.

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Listen to junior doctors, Heidi!

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Gemma Short

Instead of joining the junior doctors picket lines and backing the strike like junior doctors and Labour members have asked her to, Labour′s Shadow Health Secretary appears to have been spending her time organising a cross-party letter to Jeremy Hunt calling for a trial imposition of the contract.

Why Labour Shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander is wrong to propose trial run of junior doctors contract.

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Industrial news in brief

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Will Stevens, Ruth Cashman, Ollie Moore, Simon Nelson and Cath Fletcher

Thursday 14 April was the third annual #FastFoodGlobal day Of action. Workers in fast food, coffee shops and cafes across the world took part in rallies, stunts, marches and other creative actions for higher pay, better conditions and the right of unions to organise.

Fighting for fast food rights; Lambeth councillor speaks out on libraries; Tube workers striking against gentrification; thousands march to save NHS; university pay ballot.

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Next steps for junior doctors

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Pete Campbell, BMA Junior Doctors’ Committee, personal capacity

You may have watched an hour of half truths and lies slander from the Secretary of State for Health in Parliament on 18 April. Here are some answers to Hunt’s slander.

Junior doctors cannot close Accident and Emergency Departments, despite what the government will have you believe.

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Junior doctors: a fight for the NHS

Solidarity spoke to BMA activists about the junior doctors dispute.

Emma Runswick is a medical student at Manchester University. She is running in the elections for the BMA’s Council (national executive).

I think the dispute is going well. The mood among junior doctors is getting angrier. We are angry about the imposition of the contract, and about the government saying it finds the Equality Impact Assessment’s conclusions about the negative impact on women acceptable.

BMA activists speak about the junior doctors dispute.

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Junior doctors plan escalated strikes

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Pete Campbell, BMA junior doctors committee (personal capacity) and Emma Runswick

On 6-7 April junior doctors will take 48 hours of emergency-care-only action; and on 26-27 April there will be a full walk-out of junior doctors between 8am and 5pm.

So far hospitals have adapted very quickly to junior doctors strikes. They have prioritised elective work over discharges, and kept elective procedures going. The impact has mainly been via bed-blocking and increased pressure in A&E.

On 6-7 April junior doctors will take 48 hours of emergency-care-only action; and on 26-27 April there will be a full walk-out of junior doctors between 8am and 5pm.

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Bulletin: junior doctors - how we can win

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Pete Campbell

Download a printer friendly version of this bulletin to use on picket lines.

As the next junior doctors' strike looms, Dr Pete Campbell discusses what the contract means and what strategy will be needed to win.

By Pete Campbell, BMA junior doctors’ committee (personal capacity)

On 6-7 April junior doctors will take 48 hours of emergency-care-only action; and on 26-27 April there will be a full walkout of junior doctors between 8am and 5pm.

What the junior doctors' contract means and what strategy will be needed to win.

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Push Labour on the NHS!

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Sacha Ismail

On Friday 11 March, the campaign for the Labour Party to take a strong stand on the NHS suffered a serious though expected defeat. Nevertheless, its momentum is growing.

On the 11th, hardly any Labour MPs showed up to support the NHS Bill submitted by Green MP Caroline Lucas — guaranteeing it would not be heard and missing a major opportunity to embarrass and pressurise the Tories on the health service. Given that this was a Bill signed by the Labour leader and Shadow Chancellor, that is a seriously bad result.

On Friday 11 March, the campaign for the Labour Party to take a strong stand on the NHS suffered a serious though expected defeat. Nevertheless, its momentum is growing.

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