Thomas Macaulay: Senior doctors’ opinions on the junior doctors’ strike
The letters pages of British broadcasts last week were inundated with the views of doctors on the strike of their junior colleagues.
Most were united in their criticism of the misleading media coverage. Writing to The Guardian, Dr Michael Maier described the reporting as “sensational and inaccurate” with particular reproval reserved for the description of a 48 hour withdrawal of emergency care that was “actually between the hours of 8am and 5pm on 26 and 27 April.”
The “many myths surrounding the contract negotiations,” Dr Thomas Mount told theFinancial Times, were led by Jeremy Hunt’s “misleading invoking of patient safety in order to drive through a political battle.”
Their fears were that the support for the junior doctors’ cause would be tested by the distorted press coverage.
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