Information from BMA Comms  (edited)

As industrial action enters its second day, the strikes are being widely reported across print and broadcast outlets as thousands of junior doctors continue to come out in support at picket lines across the country. A number of publications including the GuardianIndependent, Evening Standard and Metro report that the cast of the Green Wing came out to support the BMA picket line and a petition of more than 120,000 signatures backing the junior doctors was delivered to the department of health as junior doctors, health professionals, members of the Fire Brigades Union, and other activists including Vanessa Redgrave, took part in a march at Whitehall.

In a blog post for the Huffington Post detailing the reasons for the ongoing contract dispute, BMA junior doctor committee chair, Dr Johann Malawana, writes: “It doesn’t have to be like this. We are urging the Government to stop ignoring junior doctors’ concerns and resume negotiations with us on a properly funded contract that will recruit and keep junior doctors rather than drive them away.” He added: “We want Government to stop devaluing the vital work that junior doctors do, and work with us to make employment and training in the NHS safe, attractive and motivating. Lastly, junior doctors already work around the clock, seven days a week, and they do so under the current contract.”

BMA junior doctor committee chair, Dr Johann Malawana, featured on Channel 4 News last night discussing the industrial action whilst the BBC, ITV and Sky News also reported on the first day of action throughout the day. BMA junior doctor committee member, Dr Bea Bakshi was interviewed onBBC Asian Network and BBC Radio London discussing the successful first day of industrial action and how the imposed contract would impact doctors.

BMA junior doctor committee chair, Dr Johann Malawana, said: “We deeply regret any disruption this action will cause to patients, but it is because we believe this contract would be bad for the delivery of patient care in the long term that we are taking this action. By imposing a contract that junior doctors have no confidence in and refusing to re-enter talks with the BMA, the Government has left us with no choice.”   BMA
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Support for industrial action holds firm

The government must listen to its own    Huffington Post, Thursday 07 April 2016

Green Wing cast join junior doctor’s strike  Guardian, Wednesday 06 April 2016,

Green wing stars gather outside hospital where series filmed  Metro, Wednesday 06 April 2016,

Green wing cast lend support at picket line   Daily Express, Wednesday 06 April 2016,

No to unsafe hours and gender discrimination  Your local Guardian, Wednesday 06 April 2016,

Government must remember how to strike a deal   Independent, Thursday 07 April 2016,

Difficult second day of strike action expected   BBC News, Wednesday 06 April 2016,

Difficult second day of strike action expected    Daily Mail, Thursday 07 April 2016,

NHS threat from Tories     Huffington Post, Wednesday 06 April 2016,

Almost half of doctors go to work      Daily Telegraph, Wednesday 06 April 2016,