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Junior doctors picket outside St James' Hospital - photo Iain Dalton

Junior doctors picket outside St James’ Hospital – photo Iain Dalton

Despite awful weather, junior doctors turned out in force again for their first strike since Jeremy Hunt’s decision to impose the new contract on them.

Iain Dalton, Leeds Socialist Party

Comparable numbers at both Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s Hospital braved the weather to show their determination to resist this attack and the others that would undoubtedly follow if they are defeated.

One striker carried a poignant sign: “If you tolerate this, then the nurses will be next”, which sums up how serious the dispute is. This is why it is urgent for the trade union movement to redouble support for this strike and mobilise trade union members in support.

In particular other health unions have a crucial role in organising to coordinate industrial action with the doctors.

'The Ministry of Silly Talks' - photo Iain Dalton

‘The Ministry of Silly Talks’ – photo Iain Dalton