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Junior doctors need our help and they need it now

Peter Stefanovic calls on the legal profession to help fund junior doctors' legal challenge to contract imposition

15 March 2016

A group of junior doctors have launched a fundraising campaign through Crowdjustice to fund a legal case to challenge the imposition of a new contract on junior doctors which is unfair and unsafe for doctors and patients.

Last month, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, told parliament that he would impose the revised terms and conditions on junior doctors in August after two months of negotiations failed to end the long-running and bitter dispute.

I have always been a vociferous advocate against the government's plans to impose the new contract: no elected government should be allowed to bully and intimidate 53,000 people into doing something which is not safe. At its heart, that is what the junior doctors' contract dispute is about. We have to decide whether we wish to live in a democracy or a dictatorship. If we choose democracy, we must support our junior doctors in this fight.

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