Harrogate Socialist Party members joined junior doctors on the picket line at Harrogate District Hospital today in support of BMA members striking against the government’s imposition of a new contract which will extend the normal working week and is likely to stretch the NHS beyond breaking point.
We had a warm welcome from the strikers who were pleased to see that the public were behind them. We got added confirmation of this when people contacted us saying they’d seen us join the picket line when a doctor from Harrogate was interviewed on the Victoria Derbyshire show!
We were pleased to see that other trade unionists, including the FBU who have been fighting their own battles against dangerous cutbacks, came along to support the strike.
The government’s attack on junior doctors is just one part of their onslaught on the NHS, with student nurse bursaries being cut and the ongoing drive for so-called ‘efficiency savings’ in each trust. Only by uniting these struggles together and as part of a fightback against the disastrous policies of austerity will we be able to defend our NHS and defeat the drive to privatise it.