Impassioned paramedic recounts how junior doctors saved her life TWICE at the weekend

Impassioned paramedic Sandra Paynter took to social media to express her concern with the working conditions being imposed on junior doctors in the NHS by this government.

She recounted how junior doctors have saved her life twice, in the middle of the night and at the weekend.

Jeremy Hunt recently announced that he would be imposing his contract on junior doctors. This is part of the Conservative’s plan to privatise our NHS because the strategy is totally incompetent as a product of a cohesive motive. And the Conservatives are not incompetent, they are just disingenuous.

Hunt is ostensibly trying to deliver a ‘truly’ 7-day NHS, but he’s offering nowhere near enough extra funding or staff. Within the context that NHS demand for emergency services is up 3.6% while funding is only up 1%, this contract will only serve to push a public institution that is already unsustainable, further towards breaking point.

This will serve to create the conditions by which privatisation seems the only option for a functioning health service. Back in 2012, the NHS was legally abolished as a public institution under the Health and Social Care Act, opening it up to increasing privatisation ever since. Accordingly, many of the profiteers would be Tory parliamentarians themselves, who have vested interest in private healthcare. Back in 2005, Jeremy Hunt co-authored a book, with other prominent Tories, calling for the NHS to move to an insurance-based system.

In her post, Paynter recounts how junior doctors saved her life twice at the weekend, despite being squeezed by this government:

sarah paynter nhs

Read on...

Through emphasising that ‘junior doctors’ is a very broad term, Paynter alludes to the criticism that the government and much of the media have chosen not to. When people hear the phrase ‘junior doctor’ it paints a picture of young graduates who have just started their profession. What hasn’t been emphasised enough is that junior doctors can be ten years into their medical career. Many have done a second degree, had a previous career and are in their mid-thirties.

With squeezed funds and an overstretched workforce, Paynter’s story is an example of the junior doctors doing a brilliant job in the face of such pressure. Tory austerity is a threat to the safety of patients. The Tories are demanding a better service while not providing nearly enough funds or staff.

At the hands of the Tory leadership, we have a financially unsustainable institution, an imposed contract squeezing already overworked public servants, a book on NHS privatisation, and a relentless austerity agenda. We have the external political motive to appease the rich multinationals dwelling in the polarised private sector, who bankroll the party, and the internal motive of many MPs who have links to private healthcare. As always, the wider picture extinguishes the Tories’ smoke and mirrors, leaving ‘Operation Privatise’ totally naked.

Get involved!

Sign this petition against Hunt’s contract

Support the Canary so we can continue to expose the Conservatives.

Write to your MP, asking if it is now official government policy to move towards a pay NHS.

-Express solidarity with the junior doctors on Twitter with #JuniorDoctorsStrike.

Featured image via Facebook.

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed