Next week, on 26-27th April, junior doctors will be escalating their industrial action with two days of full walk out, in defence of their terms and conditions and the wider NHS. Dr Yannis Gourtsoyannis of the BMA Junior Doctors Committee puts out a call to join teachers, junior doctors and other healthcare workers for a march and rally in London.
Next week, on 26-27th April, junior doctors will be escalating their industrial action with two days of full walk out, in defence of their terms and conditions and the wider NHS. Teachers and other healthcare workers will be joining junior doctors for a march and rally in London.
In this short appeal below, Dr Yannis Gourtsoyannis of the BMA Junior Doctors Committee calls out for support and solidarity from across the labour movement and the wider public. Please share widely in order to help build the movement in defence of the NHS.
March with doctors, teachers and NHS staff:
Tuesday 26th April, 5pm
St Thomas’ Hospital to the Department of Health
As a member of the BMA Junior Doctors Committee and rally co-organiser I write to invite all interested public, workers and fellow trade-unionists to attend our London rally at the end of our strike action this coming Tuesday.
Junior Doctors in England will be escalating their strike action to a full withdrawal of labour, between 8am and 5pm on Tuesday 26th April and Wednesday 27th April. Other senior doctors and staff will continue to provide safe care for patients during this time.
At 5pm on Tuesday 26th April we will march from St Thomas’ Hospital, proceeding across Westminster Bridge to the Department of Health. We shall hold a mass rally at 6pm outside the Department of Health (opposite Downing Street). The NHS students of Bursary or Bust, who have stood by us through thick and thin, will be with us.
We are especially honoured to be joined by the National Union of Teachers in calling this demonstration. Their solidarity for us will never be forgotten, and shall be reciprocated in kind.
This government is attempting to impose a contract upon the medical profession which would effectively signal the destruction of safe terms and conditions throughout the NHS. The same government is at this moment preparing to escalate its insidious attacks on the working conditions of teachers, health workers and other public sector workers.
It is clear that this government is intent on ripping apart the social fabric which binds this country together.
We 50,000 junior doctors, and we one million NHS workers, will not let them get away with it.
Stand with us. Let’s make this a historic moment.