(Originally published in the Independent, 13.05.16) I’ll be honest. My most militant act at home recently was staying up beyond midnight watching Parks and Recreation, with an actual cup of tea in my bedroom.So why on earth have I just started a permanent protest outside the Department of Health, sitting in position at a table outside…Read More
(Originally published in the Huffington Post, 05.04.16) David Cameron is man on a mission. Ever since his pledge last year to “end the gender pay gap in a generation”, he has sought to present himself not only as the face of compassionate conservatism and family values, but also of female emancipation. For this valiant champion…Read More
The junior doctors’ contract officially penalises women – how can David Cameron say he believes in equality?
It might have come from a man, but David Cameron’s vow last summer to “end the gender pay gap in a generation” was a giant step forward for womankind, according to the right-wing press. In seeking to present himself as the unabashed champion of women, the Prime Minister was on fire. There is “no true opportunity…Read More
He couldn’t have chosen more alarmist language. With almost biblical fervor and no hint of doubt, he declaimed: “Around 6,000 people lose their lives every year because we do not have a proper 7-day service in hospitals.”1 Would you feel entirely comfortable taking your beloved to hospital on a Saturday after a ringing denouncement…Read More
First doctors, now teachers. Has the government embarked on a mission to stamp on the caring professions? Hot on the heels of launching its ‘nuclear option’ of imposing a much-detested new contract on junior doctors, Number 10 chose last week to get rough and ready with the country’s teachers. The biggest overhaul in education for…Read More
Dear Prime Minister, As a junior doctor, I’ve been spat upon, assaulted, drenched in blood and doused in excrement. There isn’t a bodily fluid with which I’m not intimately acquainted, nor an expletive I haven’t heard. I’ve faced patients who are psychotic, seething with rage, deranged with pain, blind with grief or sometimes simply blind…Read More
Here we go again. A week overwhelmed by fallout from the disability benefits debacle, ended with a barely-registered pipsqueak of news: that the BMA voted last Friday to escalate its industrial action. No more 48 hour strikes for junior doctors. Next time will be a step change, a cranking up of the pressure. Whatever form…Read More