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Health Minister Jeremy Hunt has finally agreed to arbitration but the question of imposing new contracts on junior doctors will not be resolved easily.
December is a busy month in NHS hospitals and clinics; the strikes if they go ahead will cause chaos and it is doubtful that the army can plug the gaps.The second strike day is December 8 and Cameron and Hunt will be hoping that day of an all-out strike by junior doctors can be averted at all costs.
The Tory commitment to a full 24/7 NHS is fine but not when it is attempted on the cheap.
Currently some services are not available 24/7 and those that are often come at a price. Removing call-out fees, slashing overtime rates of pay and redefining what is a 'normal working week' are all options but they have caused anger.
An expected 37,000 junior doctors will strike Tuesday and replacing them even for a day will not be easy.
This will be another drain on an already depleted British military, cut to the quick by the Tory government.
In last week's spending review George Osborne appeared to do a 'U Turn' but it is worth noting he said 'cuts' would be revisited. As PM David Cameron tries to persuade a by and large reluctant UK population that military air strikes by the UK in Syria are a good idea the 'U Turn' was opportunistic.
How could the government sell airstrikes to MPs and the population amid a series of cuts especially to police and military forces? How could he persuade us it would make the people here safer and apply the cuts?
So austerity is on the backburner for now to be brought forward if and when we join forces bombing Syria.
Yorkshire woman Eileen Kersey is the creator, editor of, and writer at, NEW TEKJournalismUK world news and its associated websites; she has finally come out of the 'writing closet'.
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