Junior doctors are accused of risking patient’s lives in their “political game” as a leak of more than 1,000 pages of WhatsApp exchanges, dating back to November, reveal
Junior doctors put patient’s lives on the line so they could get more saturday overtime whilst all the time claiming the strikes were about patient safety. And the interest from the BBC now? Zilch.
I have been looking hard, very hard, and yet I can’t find the story on the BBC about the NHS doctors who were not really at all interested in patient safety but were striking for money…and intended to make the strike intensely political.
“I don’t care about anything apart from extracting the best contract. Don’t give a shit about anything else.”
The BBC reported the junior doctors’ strikes and complaints relentlessly and without much effort to challenge those doctors who were interviewed and asserted that this was all about patient safety…nothing to do with money…when it was patently obvious the major sticking point was saturday overtime…ie money.
The Independent has it, the Mail, the Telegraph, the Times, the Spectator and no doubt many others…just not the BBC, nor indeed the Guardian. You might have thought this was an important story, such a major clash between government and doctors, so much BBC coverage previously…and it all turns out to have been about money and the BMA’s own political stance. Apparently the BBC has lost interest.
Still…here’s the Independent..
The junior doctor leadership of the British Medical Association discussed “drawing out” their contract dispute with the Government for more than a year, a huge leak of private messages sent between the union’s committee members reveals.
Despite publicly stating throughout their dispute that a solution could be reached if the Government was willing to negotiate, Dr Johann Malawana suggested to junior doctor committee members in December that “the best solution may actually [be] to draw this right out” and proposed “a strategy that tied the DH [Department of Health] up in knots for the next 16-18 months”…. “play the political game of always looking reasonable”.
The messages also reveal that, in December, another committee member and former chair, Dr Kitty Mohan, described the issue of Saturday pay as the “only real red line” for negotiations – appearing to contradict the BMA’s public statements that the negotiations still needed to address issues of patient safety and working conditions as well as pay.
“The more I think about it the more I love our plan. Basically five weeks of headlines about juniors strikes through January and February.”
Well yes, success for the BMA. They certainly got the headlines from the BBC…mostly uncritical acceptance of the BMA’s claims that this was about patient safety…when obviously it was nothing like.
This is a story that has been out all day and yet nothing on the BBC website or on the radio as far as I have heard.
Fairly disgraceful the BBC are not hammering the junior doctors for having misled the public for so long….the same BBC that always crowed that the Junior doctors had so much public support….wonder how much support they would have now? The BBC though is happy to continue its hammering of the NHS, or rather, the government’s handling of the NHS as it asks…
Just why might the ambulance service, and A&E and the NHS in general be under pressure?
There is this little line buried at the bottom of the report…
The ambulance service now deals with over 9m calls a year – double the number it received a decade ago. But as well as seeing more patients, ambulance crews are being asked to do more with them.
Double the number it received a decade ago!!?? And why might that be? The NHS is under so much pressure because of mass, uncontrolled immigration. Millions of new residents all expect free treatment on the British NHS and they get it…and millions more are heading our way…but again the BBC, whilst reporting the net migration figures dodges the really significant part of the new immigration figures…..from the Telegraph….
Population to surge by four million due to mass immigration that will ‘change the face of England forever’
Alp Mehmet, vice chairman of the campaign group Migration Watch UK, said: “The population of England is projected to grow by 4.1 million over the next 10 years, the majority of which is down to the effects of international migration.
“The country is already facing a housing crisis and there is huge pressure on GP services.
“Meanwhile there is projected to be a shortfall in primary school places in the very near future. These figures can only make a bad situation a whole lot worse.”
Always odd what the BBC decides to omit from the news…or waits until it thinks it has been able to concoct a narrative that limits the damage of any story that makes the left-wing liberal story look bad.
Update [Thanks to Gunner] The BBC has finally gotten around to reporting the revelations about the junior doctors’ strike…well, no, it hasn’t reported it…the story, buried well down the frontpage, has merely been marked down as an opinion piece, something of interest along with the days old story of ‘The ghost of Blair haunting the Labour Party’.
The BBC piece tells us that this was ‘the most acrimonious row between doctors and government in modern times and the first ever walkout affecting all care by medics in the history of the NHS’ and yet a bombshell revelation that the junior doctors deliberately misled the public about the true cause of the strikes and literally put thousands of patients at risk doesn’t make headline news…which when you compare the extensive and intensive coverage the BBC gave to the doctors when they were striking is remarkable.
The BBC’s Hugh Pym has already relegated this story to history, telling us it is merely a small piece, a minor detail, in the history of the dispute that one day will be told in full…but he dismisses the latest revelations as merely the first draft of history being drawn up…didn’t say that when the strikes were on….then every little word was evidence of the NHS in crisis and high political drama.
He then goes on to actually miss out the most damning accusations about this being all about money and lives being put at risk and finally suggests this wasn’t a leak at all but a deliberate revelation by the BMA’s JDC to show that it is the good guy…
The string of messages could have been passed to HSJ with the tacit blessing of the junior doctors’ committee to show they were prepared to stand up to the government and fight for as long as it took to get an acceptable settlement.
There have been mutterings in some quarters that the leadership compromised too much to reach the final deal.
What tosh. The BBC will be telling us next that the rapes and sex abuse in Cologne were the result of a conspiracy by the Right-wing (whoever they are) to make immigrants look bad.
The BMA has been caught with its pants down and now the BBC is covering their blushes.