LETTER: Provocative to junior doctors

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Concerning the ongoing junior doctors’ dispute, it is my opinion that Prime Minister Theresa May knew precisely the likely consequence of keeping Jeremy Hunt in the position of Health Secretary.

She knew precisely of the unbridgeable gulf in outlook that had for months developed between Mr Hunt and the junior doctors.

And she knew precisely that no move could be deemed more provocative or calculated to inflame the situation further. At the heart of this dispute is the Government’s determination to force on the junior doctors a contract that, in the judgement of those in the NHS caring for the sick, is both unsafe and unworkable.

What has the Government got to gain by this conflict continuing will be the question asked by most people. In my opinion the Government will seek to fight the next General Election on a platform of ‘Who Runs the Country’. This dispute and others – like the trouble on the railways – is grist to the mill where its objective is concerned. It is therefore the Government that is playing politics here.

Tony Aldridge

Deanland Wood Park

Golden Cross

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