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[Correspondence] Restoring perspective on the doctors’ strike

Richard Horton’s observation that residual anger over the Health and Social Care Act has fomented the junior doctors’ strike is well made (May 7, p 1892).1 However, rooting the conflict in 1512 at Woodstock with Henry VIII’s endorsement of a college of physicians is infelicitous. During the last half millennium, the Royal College of Physicians has hardly been an unerring champion of progressive change.