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[Comment] Offline: The 500-year old cause of the doctors’ strike

For the first time in the history of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), junior doctors went on strike twice last week. They withdrew their labour from emergency and intensive care, in protest at the UK Government’s decision to impose a new employment contract. Jeremy Hunt, the Conservative Secretary of State for Health, says repeatedly that junior doctors are “the backbone of the NHS”. But he also argues that the strike is not about health. It is, he says, about bringing his government down.

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