This junior doctor's powerful letter has a stark warning for Jeremy Hunt

Following protracted negotiations between health secretary Jeremy Hunt and the British Medical Association, the Government announced this week that it would impose a new contract on junior doctors altering their working conditions.

While public support for the medics is relatively high (with 54 per cent saying they backed walkouts), there is still a large minority who agree with the Government's stance.

Rich Bowman, a 27-year-old doctor, took to Facebook earlier this week to detail the realities of life working in a hospital, exactly why medical professionals are so against the proposed changes and are tired of being branded lazy.


The response it has received - over 50,000 shares in just a few days - suggests Rich Bowman's sentiment resonates with many others.

Last night I was the sole doctor on site caring for over 100 patients who were acutely unwell with complications from...

Posted by Rich Bowman on Thursday, 11 February 2016


Read the full text below:

Last night I was the sole doctor on site caring for over 100 patients who were acutely unwell with complications from their cancer. Some couldn't breath, some were fighting overwhelming infections with literally no immune system, one had bleeding in their head, one had a blockage in their bowels. If I made a mistake because I was tired, any one of these patients could've died.

Every cancer patient in the south birmingham region has a direct line to call for advice or help. 11 new unwell patients arrived and I assessed and treated them too. There was not a single manager in the whole hospital. Last night, I ran the oncology service for the whole south birmingham region from inside the biggest teaching hospital in Europe.

Apparently I have no transferable skills to find a different job. And then I stood on a picket line in the cold to save our NHS. But my shift wasn't during the strike, it was just what countless other junior doctors do everyday.

I am 27 years old. I work 60 hours a week, for the 48 that I'm paid for, I earn £18/hour.

Apparently I lack vocation, I'm overpaid and I need to work harder.

And his conclusion suggests that Jeremy Hunt's battle is far from over:

Screw you Jeremy Hunt. We never asked for thanks. All we do is for our patients, how dare you try and turn them against us. All of this is your government's fault. Well you've picked a fight with the wrong crowd.

Go on, announce imposition, and just see what the most resilient, driven, passionate, intelligent group of people in Britain do next. Bring it on.

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