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This Is What Junior Doctors Want To Say To The Government

"Please listen to the 54,000 voices trying to talk to you!"

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Junior doctors in England held their third strike this year on Wednesday over controversial changes to their working hours, pay structure, and training development.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said the new contract will help create a "truly seven-day NHS", but junior doctors – doctors in the first 10 years of their practice – say they already work seven days a week.

After negotiations between the government and the British Medical Association broke down in February, Hunt said he would go ahead and impose the contract anyway. Doctors are refusing to accept the changes and have vowed to strike until they're listened to.

Wednesday's industrial action meant junior doctors would offer only emergency care for 48 hours, and as the strike got underway, doctors used the hashtag #DearMrHunt to tell the health secretary exactly what they think of his decision.

BuzzFeed News asked junior doctors picketing St George's Hospital in Tooting, London, what they'd like to tell the government about the dispute. This is what they said...

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And this junior doctor shared a message about what the NHS means to her.

"The NHS was there for my family when my dad was diagnosed with cancer aged 40. The care and compassion shown by the doctors, nurses and health workers whilst he was unwell is the reason I am a junior doctor today."

BuzzFeed News also spoke to junior doctors and medical students on the picket line about why they believe the new contract is unsafe for patients and unfair to doctors.

Watch the full video here...


Laura Gallant is a staff photographer at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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Laura Silver is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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