Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox has paid tribute to our junior doctors and urged the Government to urgently resolve the dispute that has led to today’s industrial action.
Junior doctors have been provoked into strike action for the first time in 40 years by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt as he attempts to impose new contracts.
Mrs Cox said: “Everyone accepts and recognises and is grateful for the work and long hours that are done by our doctors and all NHS staff.
“The way David Cameron and his Government have treated our junior doctors is not only a disrespectful attack on these committed, hard working and vital public servants but on the whole of our NHS.
“No one makes a decision to take industrial action lightly, least of all anyone who performs this kind of life and death role, which means the provocation must be significant. The Government should be treating junior doctors far better and must urgently get back round the negotiating table and bring this dispute to an end.”
A demonstration, organised by the GMB and Batley & Spen Labour party, took place at Dewsbury & District Hospital this morning in support of junior doctors. DDH is located in Batley & Spen.