AIBU to think the Govt. is starting to sound panic stricken?

(10 Posts)
MrHannahSnell Mon 25-Apr-16 16:43:25

Junior doctors' leaders are trying to bring down the government, a government source has told the BBC.
www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36126740

This is just plain daft. No other word for it. It does not fill me with confidence that Mr Hunt and his people really understand what they are doing or that they have fully thought it through.

GraysAnalogy Mon 25-Apr-16 16:48:02

Yeah they sound ridiculous.

timemaychangeme Mon 25-Apr-16 16:51:51

Not at all sure how the government have come to this conclusion. Surely junior docs just want a fair deal?

FatPaul Mon 25-Apr-16 16:52:06

Good, the sooner they realise that people are not buying their rhetoric the better.

PhilPhilConnors Mon 25-Apr-16 16:54:02

Well, if I didn't already support the doctors' strike, the chance that they're bringing down the government would make me support them.

Silentelf Mon 25-Apr-16 16:58:29

I fully support junior doctors strikes and if they help to 'topple' the government I will join them on the picket lines!

jacks11 Mon 25-Apr-16 17:00:00

I agree.

I have to declare an interest as I am a "junior" doctor, though not in England. I could go on at length about my feelings of contempt and anger towards Mr Hunt (and the DoH), but I won't.

I thought the misinformation and down-right lies they are spreading were bad enough (and unforgivable, really), but now they have added paranoid delusions into the mix.

I rather doubt the BMA or junior doctors have the political clout to "topple the government" and this was a fight the government chose to pick after all. In my view they chose to have this fight for political reasons rather than anything else. It was more of a case of "look we're getting tough on the doctors to provide the 7 day NHS we promised", whilst ignoring the fact they haven't really defined about what they really mean by "a 7day NHS", nor how they propose to fund the infrastructure or staffing that is likely to be needed. No, the important thing is they must be seen to be doing something.

The whole situation has now become about the government/JH/DoH preserving face and so even less to do with the good of the NHS and improving patent care.

EveryoneElsie Mon 25-Apr-16 17:03:35

I think its a tactic harking back to the anti union days of the 1980's.
It isnt going to work, because we havent just come through the 1970's with the 3 day week and electricity shortages.
So it just sounds like paranoia.

VertigoNun Mon 25-Apr-16 17:06:50

They have gone too far because they think Labour is weak and misjudged the public.

Many a doctor has pissed me off over the years hmm I am not their biggest fan and I feel for those suffering disruption. No way would I ask the doctors back down. They are the blockage of the government from doing the same to other HCP's and dismantle the rest of the NHS. It's also a misogynistic attack.

GraysAnalogy Mon 25-Apr-16 17:07:13

How dare anyone stand up to Hunt. They must surely be wanting to topple the government.

Drama queens.

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