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Junior doctor walkouts can beat Hunt

by Tomáš Tengely-Evans
Issue No. 2514

A junior doctor on the picket line

A junior doctor on the picket line (Pic: Rhetta Morgan)

A British Medical Association (BMA) survey of junior doctors closed on Monday.

It came after junior doctors rejected a shoddy deal the BMA had cobbled together with Tory health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The survey gave junior doctors options on what action to take next in their fight against dangerous new contracts.

Just before the survey closed, junior doctors’ committee (JDC) members were warning of a low turnout.

This must not be used by the right of the BMA to back off from calling more action.

Junior doctors rejected Hunt’s deal by 58 percent on a 68 percent turnout.

This is despite the lack of an organised campaign for rejection and the fact that former JDC chair Johann Malawana backed it.

This is a clear mandate for further action.

The BMA should immediately call more strikes to force Hunt to dump the contract before it is imposed from next month.

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