Greens join ju­nior doc­tors on picket line

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Contract Strike Action -

Ash­ford Green Party came out in sup­port for the ju­nior doc­tors’ de­mands dur­ing the na­tion­wide 24-hour strike idar­ity with the ju­nior doc­tors.

She said: “We be­lieve the pro­posed new con­tract should be torn up. This is not about greed, this is about pri­vati­sa­tion through the back door, by caus­ing doc­tors to be­come dis­sat­is­fied with the Health Ser­vice, and this is about pa­tient safety.”

Steve Camp­kin, fel­low pro­tester and Green Party mem­ber, added: “The govern­ment wants to ex­tend the hours doc­tors work, but in­stead of in­creas­ing fund­ing and em­ploy­ing more doc­tors to cover the hours, they are just go­ing to make al­ready over­worked and tired doc­tors work longer. That puts lives at risk.

“When things start to go wrong due to con­cen­tra­tion lev­els be­ing com­pro­mised the NHS will be at­tacked and the an­swer will be pri­vati­sa­tion.”

For­mal talks to re­solve the dis­pute over con­tracts be­tween the Bri­tish Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (BMA) and min­is­ters broke down in Jan­uary. The BMA said in­dus­trial ac­tion is nec­es­sary be­cause they have not man­aged to reach agree­ment with NHS bosses and the Depart­ment of Health on ju­nior doc­tor con­tracts.

How­ever, a num­ber of pro­to­cols were put in place to en­sure pa­tient safety and an East Kent Hospi­tals Trust spokesman said con­ti­nu­ity plans were in place at the Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal.

She added: “We f ur­ther en­hanced those pro­cesses across all of our hospi­tals to con­tinue pro­vid­ing safe and ef­fec­tive ser­vices for pa­tients who needed our care on strike ac­tion day.

“Where it has been nec­es­sary t o resched­ule non- ur­gent ap­point­ments, pa­tients were no­ti­fied by tele­phone.

“We in­creased se­nior doc­tor pres­ence on strike day to en­sure de­liv­ery of safe emer­gency ser­vices for pa­tients who re­quired ur­gent or im­me­di­ate care.”

Any­one re­quir­ing med­i­cal help or ad­vice is en­cour­aged to con­tact NHS Choices on 111 or visit www. health­help­now-nhs.net.

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Steve Camp­kin, of Ash­ford Green Party, was among those on the picket line dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s strike

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