I find both sides stance on the NHS doctor's strike hard to fathom. For the Doctors' there is a big risk, that is that they get seen as greedy and get exposed for it.
This has happened in the past, generally nurses, paramedics and firefighters re all everyday heroes beyond reproach. Yet the firefighters managed to strike and lose against a Government in recent times, mainly because their actual hours and pay was exposed in the media; as a result they had to cave into the Government.
This perhaps it is different, although the leaders of the BMA, are hard lefties who think Corbyn is a moderate uncle. As such, their judgement on how far to go has to be questioned.
On the other side, the Government's base case is a 30% effective pay cut due to increased hours alongside a real 11% pay rise. Nobody is going to be happy when presented with that and young doctors are much put upon. Those I know work hard and are paid relatively little; of course in later years this dilemma is reversed.
Which makes me wonder what Jeremy Hunt is doing, the doctor's pay issue lies with another group and there are other ways to create a 7 Day NHS - which in itself should be a very popular policy. As always on health, any reform is met with fierce resistance and any Government has a tough time. Why this fight this fight though with such a weak case. I have seen hardly any justification in the media for the Government position, which generally means they don't have any decent facts to stand their case up and the civil service have left them swinging.
All in all a bugger's muddle, the result of which is if you are reading this try not to get run over by a bus today.