We know that the workplace conditions of healthcare professionals make up patients healthcare conditions. The new junior doctor contract represents a 30% real term pay cut to doctors salary. More than that though, it puts patients lives at risk by putting overworked and overtired doctors in charge our lives.
[The BMA / junior doctors strikes have been postponed til the end of the negotiation period as the government have come back to negotiation table. This represents a short term win for the doctors. Dont go to the picket lines tomorrow! Keep tuned in because strikes are still likely to happen if the govt doesnt offer significant changes to the contract.]
Junior doctors make up 65,000 members of NHS staff. They have overwhelmingly voted to go on strike, and have put in place mechanisms to strike in such a way that patients will not be put at risk. Action for Trans Health support the junior doctors strikes and are encouraging trans and queer people to support the strikes by attending picket lines, demonstrations, writing to your MP, and raising awareness on social media. Joining picket lines are an excellent way of building solidarity and coalition building between trans service users and healthcare professionals.
We are looking to create a list of picket lines where Action for Trans Health or other trans / queer organisations are joining the picket line in solidarity with junior doctors. If you are trans / queer and interested in popping down to your local picket on either the 1st, 8th, or 16th of December and want to be listed here, or have any further questions, get in touch info[at]actionfortranshealth.org.uk
Manchester: Manchester Action for Trans Health are joining pickets at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, 8.30am on the 1st December, potentially might join actions on the 8th and 16th too (to be confirmed).
Leeds: Leeds Action for Trans Health are planning on supporting picket lines (exact details to be confirmed).
Sheffield: Queer Agenda Sheffield are meeting at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital at 8am on the 1st December. Potentially future actions in the junior doctors on the other days (to be confirmed).
Liverpool: Liverpool Action for Trans Health are going to be joining the picket line on the 8th December (which picket to be confirmed).