A letter a day to number 10. No 1,324
Saturday 23 January 2016.
Dear Mr Cameron,
I wonder if you have an honest bone in your body. You accuse Junior Doctors of blocking progress in our NHS when it is your regressive policies they are fighting. Suggesting there is an 11% pay rise on the table when you are increasing the hours Junior Doctors will be expected to work on basic pay, up till 10pm on weekdays and 7pm on Saturdays, thus leaving them earning 30% less than they currently receive, is gross deceit.
As Max Pemberton of the Spectator put it, “Hunt’s much-publicised offer of a ‘pay rise’ of 11 per cent was in fact a masterclass in political spin and manipulation.” But, hey, that’s the Tory way.
Both you and Jeremy Hunt have now said you are prepared to impose the new draconian contract against the will of Junior Doctors and indeed against the will of the people who broadly support Junior Doctors.
This battle has never been about a pay rise anyway, it is a battle to stop a cut in pay, to spin it any other way is a deliberate attempt to mislead the public and garner support by deception.
In much the same way your much used and abused claim that you are ‘making work pay’, has meant increasing destitution for working people and those looking for work by stopping people’s benefits via sanctions which Iain Duncan Smith falsely claims incentivise claimants.
A government of liars is an abomination and only serves to demonstrate your utter contempt for the people of Britain. Junior Doctors are fighting for their jobs but they are also fighting for justice, something that you clearly care nothing about. The contract you are proposing to inflict on Junior Doctors not one of you over privileged, pampered, MPs would countenance for a moment any more than you’d bother to get out of bed to work on Osborne’s deceitful ‘new living wage’.