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Feature Doctors’ Strike 2016

From the picket line: junior doctors speak out

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 14 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i193
  1. Gareth Iacobucci1,
  2. Abi Rimmer2
  1. 1The BMJ
  2. 2BMJ Careers

BMJ reporters Gareth Iacobucci and Abi Rimmer spoke to junior doctors on the picket line at the Royal London Hospital during the 24 hour strike across England on Tuesday 12 January

Kirsty Lloyd, pathologist

“It’s really important that the doctors stick together to make sure that working conditions are safe for doctors and safe for patients. We’ve had incredible support from the public. I’ve just spoken to some people who are ‘bikers for strikers’—cycling around all the pickets in London today to show their support. They don’t work in the NHS—they are all patients supporting what we’re doing.”

Shireen Hilmi, dentist working as a maxillofacial clinical fellow

“I have just come off a 13 hour night shift. The government has to take notice of how strongly we feel, firstly in its claiming that the NHS isn’t a seven day service. It is frankly insulting. We strike with a heavy heart. But if Jeremy Hunt wants a seven day service that is …

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