Nurses, healthcare assistants, porters and other members of the NHS workforce have voiced their solidarity with junior doctors over next week’s planned strike action. In a letter published in The Independent, signed by more than 1,000 NHS staff, they say strike action is “the only option” to protect patients and doctors alike.
In their letter of support to junior doctors, NHS colleagues express their opposition to a contract they said would make doctors “even more exhausted and demoralised than they already are. We see them miss their children’s birthdays, relatives’ funerals and precious evenings with their families, just as we do,” they write. “We know how that feels and what sacrifices they make, because we make them too. It is time for us now to stand together as healthcare professionals and unite for the sake of our patients, our working conditions and most of all, our precious NHS.”