Junior Doctors vote to take on Government

The People's Assembly would like to express full support to the Junior Doctors who have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action over the governments proposed changes to their contracts. The ballot result came in today with a massive 98% in favour of strike action on a 76% turnout.


Jeremy Hunt wants to push through changes to Junior Doctors contracts which will mean a 30% cut in pay in real terms, and is attempting to remove vital safeguarding legislation which places a cap on the number of hours doctors can work per week. 

Lower pay with longer hours is not only unfair to junior doctors but unsafe to everyone who uses the NHS. This is just one part of a worrying picture when we look at what's happening to our NHS. The government has already sold off big sections of the NHS to private companies and last winter saw one of the worst A&E crisis yet in an increasingly underfunded NHS. 

This is part of a much wider problem, the government is committed to cutting public spending to levels we haven't seen in decades. It's meant local council budgets have been slashed closing essential services, public sector pay freezes, more privatisation, and safety nets for the most vulnerable being taken away. 

The strike action being taken by the junior doctors will send a powerful message to the government and, if they win, can be a step towards defeating a government addicted to austerity which is damaging our communities and punishing the poorest. 

We will work as hard as we can to mobilise every section of society and create a wave of support behind the junior doctors and all other workers taking strike action against the government and in defence of our rights in the workplace.

Three days of strike action is being organised:

  • Emergency care only — from 8am, Tuesday 1 December to 8am Wednesday 2 December
  • Full walk out — from 8am to 5pm, Tuesday 8 December
  • Full walk out — from 8am to 5pm, Wednesday 16 December


The People's Assembly National Conference will take place on Saturday 5 December where junior doctors Rory Hicks and Yannis Gourtsoyannis will speak. Full details and registration here


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  • David Secker
    commented 2015-11-22 02:43:10 +0000
    We must stop this government from attempting to increase the hours doctors work. Any increase in hours would be very unsafe for patients. It could be a life or death situation.
  • Chris Smallaxe McCabe
    commented 2015-11-21 11:47:44 +0000
    we support the strike action by junior doctors
  • Richard Dennis
    commented 2015-11-20 14:34:23 +0000
    How emphatic can you get a 98 per cent yes vote on a 76 per cent turn out.As one said you can fool some of the time but not all of time and coupled with the chronic under-funding of the Health Service as a whole we must give the doctors 100 per cent support.
    The Tories are trying to put the deficit on to the backs of the ordinary worker while lavishing their wealthy friends with huge tax breaks.
  • Anthony Rigby
    commented 2015-11-20 12:16:00 +0000
    Typical tories always want more for less. I fully support junior doctors in their right to strike, they need fair pay and safe working conditions for themselves and for the safety of patients.
  • Ray Cretney
    commented 2015-11-20 10:58:30 +0000
    The Tories are trying to dismantle our NHS and the junior doctors know it.
    We must all fight together to save our NHS from this terrible Tory goverment.
  • Susan Donovan
    commented 2015-11-20 09:12:37 +0000
    I support the doctor’s stand and salute their conviction to do what’s right
  • Chris Smallaxe McCabe
    commented 2015-11-19 22:58:43 +0000
    Solidarity with doctors taking strike action against Tories selling off our NHS. We support you entirely.
  • Susan Donovan
    commented 2015-11-19 22:14:49 +0000
    I support the GP’s stand and salute their conviction to do what’s right.
  • Josie Howell
    commented 2015-11-19 21:14:49 +0000
    I am so glad that at last the doctors have the courage to stand up to the Torys who are destroying our NHS. I support them all the way
  • Nigel Hall
    commented 2015-11-19 18:28:21 +0000
    Well done doctors! What else could you do when a government won’t negotiate? We are behind you!
  • Bee Warren
    commented 2015-11-19 18:27:07 +0000
    When the government insists ministers have a relevant qualification and have worked at least 2 years in the business they’re overseeing, policies might start making sense. Until then all we’ll get is clueless academics with the wrong motivation messing up important issues like health and welfare. Good for you, doctors, for standing up for the future of the NHS.
  • peter craven
    commented 2015-11-19 18:19:49 +0000
    Good for them about time these hard working Dr’s deserve more and so do nurses amongst other of our public sector
  • Paul Harris
    commented 2015-11-19 17:53:59 +0000
    The government are quite happy to recruit the cream of the nation’s youth to train in medicine for its NHS but then treats them like muck-denying the responsible front-line role that they play and seeking to increase their hours and decrease their pay. I’m glad and proud that at last the medical profession are making a stand.
  • Roberta West
    commented 2015-11-19 17:34:38 +0000
    I am very pleased to hear that the Junior Doctors are standing together in solidarity against these government proposed changes that will reduce young Doctors pay, increase pressure upon them, and put patient care at risk. The NHS is a foundation of social health and prosperity in this country, and the Tory agenda to dismantle for profit, must be confronted. I am with the Doctors, every step of the way.
  • Jan Marsden
    commented 2015-11-19 17:00:38 +0000
    Good for them. Putting patients first and standing up to another Tory attempt to dismantle the NHS
  • Susannah Everington
    commented 2015-11-19 16:36:28 +0000
    The doctors have my full support. We must all stand up in defence of our NHS and not let the toxic Tories trample all over it.
  • Helen Spedding-Lowe
    commented 2015-11-19 16:33:16 +0000
    Standing with the junior doctors, United we stand! Solidarity!
  • Tony Swaine
    commented 2015-11-19 16:30:47 +0000
    Typical nutty Right Wing tory idealogical battle with working people – they do these things every time you people vote them in.
    Don’t Support This mad rightwing government!
  • Karen Parkin
    commented 2015-11-19 16:24:59 +0000
    The doctors have my full support. Solidarity.

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