Doctoring the Truth

“We cannot let that man inflict his security-threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating ideology on the country we love,” said David Cameron at the Tory Party Conference this week. The man to whom Cameron was crassly smearing was his opposite number in Parliament, Jeremy Corbyn.

With Corbyn’s election, combined with growing public anger at Cameron’s plans for austerity Britain, Tory rhetoric against their class enemies is being ramped up to the nines. Like Pinocchio’s nose, the Tory lies multiply in a vain attempt to hide the fact that their relentless attacks on our National Health Service and its employees threaten everyone’s security.

Family doctors are the latest to join the fight-back against Cameron’s NHS-hating ideology. Dax Tennant, Chair of GP Survival, says “the profession is at breaking point and we need people to know that the grassroots GPs are prepared to consider every option available. The status quo is unsustainable and unsafe.

According to the Leicester Mercury (October 5), around 80 per cent of the 4,700 family doctors who are members of GP Survival “said they would be prepared to quit” in protest at the attacks on their profession.

Chris Hewitt, chief executive of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland local medical committee, which represents 150 GP practices across the area, reported that doctors are now considering every option, “including mass resignation.”

Health services are facing £22 billion of ‘efficiency savings.’ As Hewitt explained: “Unless something is done, primary care will implode.”

The Government are, as ever, willfully misrepresenting their own policies with respect to their private ambitions for the NHS: in much the same way as they lie to undermine the legitimacy of Jeremy Corbyn’s commitment to the public good.

GP Survival highlighted their “deep displeasure at the Government’s persistent and manipulative adulteration of statistics relating to weekend hospital mortality.” Such “distortions only serve to undermine and disrespect our overstretched hospital colleagues,” they say, “who, every evening, night and weekend, struggle against the tolls which inadequate Government  funding and poor workforce planning have wrought on medical rota staffing.”

Last week’s junior doctors’ protests demonstrate the growing strength of feeling of health professionals at Tory abuse. Likewise the loud contingent of doctors on last Sunday’s protest at the Tory party Conference, and the 5,000 new recruits that the British Medical Association’s has gathered in the past week show that serious change is afoot.

On Tuesday night a vibrant protest was organised by doctors in Glasgow, and an even bigger demonstration will be taking place in London on October 17. With attacks on all public services continuing apace, now is truly the time to get involved in political actions to all defend public services!

This letter was emailed to the Leicester Mercury on 8th October.

Junior doctors protesting in Glasgow earlier this week
Junior doctors protesting in Glasgow earlier this week

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