Junior Doctors Described As ‘Reckless’ And ‘Arrogant’ By National Press Over New Strikes

However, writing in the Guardian, Diane Abbott spoke out against such language.

She said: “The government is attempting to portray this entirely as a result of unreasonable, militant or even out-of-touch and overpaid junior doctors flexing their muscles.

“Nothing could be further from the truth.”

GP Dr Zoe Norris also spoke out against such rhetoric.

In a blog on The Huffington Post UK, she said: “Would you describe a striking junior doctor as selfish and reckless? I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t describe them like that at all.

“When you read the headlines and look at Jeremy Hunt talking about the impact of further junior doctor strikes, try to think of it from the other side. What would you be doing if you were a junior doctor?

“I would be devastated. I would feel sick to my stomach at every piece of news coverage. I would wonder why years of training and dedicating myself to caring for patients had led me to be vilified in the national press. I would be angry at the politicians who had led me to this place. The place where leaving my patients for 5 days in a row, standing on a picket line, losing public support, and losing a quarter of my pay for the rest of the year seems like the only option I have.”

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