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We’re too weak to strike

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 27 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4387
  1. Kinesh Patel, junior doctor, London
  1. kinesh_patel{at}

I don’t like armpits. Sweaty things. Unpleasant things. Especially when they’re not your own. The result of the recent bus strike in London was human beings foisted further into each other’s armpits on the tube than normal. It was pretty unpleasant, and this was only the beginning. The insurrection of the bus drivers is planned to carry on until they get what they want.

The best phrase I can find to describe the doctors’ strike—sorry, day of action—is “damp squib.” Did the public even notice on 21 June? Strikes are nasty, aggressive things. If you are going …

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