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Thousands of junior doctors march against new contract

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5572 (Published 19 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5572
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Thousands of NHS staff have demonstrated against the government’s threatened “imposition” of an “unsafe and unfair” contract for junior doctors.

At a London rally on Saturday 17 October junior doctors and supporters noisily defended their trade union, as speakers accused England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, of misleading the public about research evidence on weekend mortality rates in hospitals and the nature of contract negotiations.

Chants of “NHS, NHS, NHS,” “Hunt must go now,” and “BMA, BMA, BMA,” rang out from Waterloo Place, near Trafalgar Square, where demonstrators grouped for several hours before marching to parliament. Marches also took place in Belfast and Nottingham.

Ben Hokenhull, an anaesthetics trainee, typified the spirit of those present at the London rally. Cheerful but exhausted, he had …

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