Junior doctors announced three 48 hour strikes as SR went to press: 9 to 11 March, 6 to 8 April and 26 to 28 April. As this comes after the imposition of the new contract it is a significant escalation.
A poll found 66 percent of people in England support for junior doctors’ strikes, with 41 percent saying they are strongly supportive. Only 16 percent of people say they oppose the walkout.
The BMA will also launch a judicial review as the government failed to undertake an Equality Impact Assessment before making the changes.
This is all background to the central lever in the dispute; the strikes. With the escalation and public support the junior doctors are in a good position to win but this requires action from the wider movement.
Send messages of solidarity (firstname.lastname@example.org, the chair of the junior doctors committee Johan Malawana at JMalawana@bma.org.uk, and the deputy chair David Rouse at DRouse@bma.org.uk), get groups of workers to visit the picket lines en masse, and push for the TUC to call a national demonstration.