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Well being Secretary sparks outrage after disgraceful description of junior docs

Well being Secretary Victoria Atkins has been slammed for her insulting and disgraceful description of junior docs after they started a three-day strike this week.

The British Medical Affiliation (BMA), which represents round 50,000 junior docs, introduced that its members can be strolling out on Wednesday for 3 days, and once more for six days from Jan. 3 to 9, in a long-running dispute over pay.

Answering questions on the strike motion on BBC Breakfast this morning on why strikes couldn’t be averted, Atkins stated that the federal government has negotiated pay rises with a lot of the NHS employees who went on strike this yr over their salaries.

She went on so as to add: “The final cohort is that of junior docs, or docs in coaching as I favor to name them.”

Her declare that junior docs are ‘docs in coaching’ led to an instantaneous backlash, with senior Labour MP Chris Bryant instantly condemning the well being secretary on X: “They’re docs. Docs. Not docs in coaching.”

Labour’s shadow well being secretary Wes Streeting tweeted: “I favor to name them docs.” And shadow care minister Andrew Gwynne added: “How insulting … They’re docs, they save lives daily.”

One other social media consumer wrote: “Junior docs are absolutely certified. Specialty coaching for docs can take as much as eight years relying on the world.”

Richard Murphy added: “This fool is our well being secretary. She thinks ‘junior docs’ are ‘docs in coaching’. The fact is that they’re all hospital docs who are usually not consultants – in different phrases, nearly all of all docs, and plenty of of them have appreciable expertise. Is she being intentionally insulting, or is she simply gratuitously impolite?”

Basit Mahmood is editor of Left Foot Ahead

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