The BMA is balloting junior doctors about taking industrial action. This follows an attempt by the Health Secretary to bring in a new contract that will mean loss of increased pay for working unsocial hours, loss of annual pay increases, and loss of current safeguards that prevent doctors working excessive hours. This contract is the final straw for many doctors who, like other health workers, are struggling to keep services going while the NHS is being dismantled. For more details on what the dispute is about, see this open letter from an A & E consultant http://nhap.org/junior-doctors-for-the-nhs/stop-the-unprecedented-damage-happening-to-the-nhs/.
Society becomes more wholesome, more serene, and spiritually healthier, if it knows that its citizens have at the back of their consciousness the knowledge that not only themselves, but all their fellows, have access, when ill, to the best that medical skill can provide.— Aneurin Bevan 1942