NHS far More Stretched and Under-Resourced Than Doctors First FearedJunior Doctors continue to put patient safety first in their fight for our NHS as the BMA announces it plan to suspend strike action next week.

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That Junior Doctors have suspended their industrial action this month reflects their genuine concerns about its possible impact on patient safety. Junior Doctors have discovered the NHS is far more stretched and under-resourced than even they originally feared.

Jeremy Hunt must now take this opportunity to sit down with Junior Doctors and resolve the dispute. It is sad to see our doctors forced to the brink of further industrial action by the intransigence of an ineffective Health Secretary.

That the original strike announcement came just days after the government was forced to reveal its plans to shut down NHS services across England is a stark reminder of the perilous condition of our National Health Service after years of Tory mismanagement.

A conscientious Health Secretary would cease his relentless attempts to smear a workforce tirelessly plugging huge rota gaps with good will alone and put forward a contract that is fair and safe for staff and patients alike.

In asking the government to find a settlement for desperate Junior Doctors, I join the overwhelming majority of the British public in offering solidarity to any, and all, frontline NHS staff fighting to protect our beloved health service.

Keith Taylor

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