As with all disputes, the truth can often lay part way between any of the parties engaged in the conflict.
So put aside for one moment all the noise and propaganda that's emanating from the government for one moment and ask yourself two questions, both of which should make you stop and think.
Who would you rather believe, the Government or the Junior Doctors?
The Doctors say the contracts risk patient care and safety, the government say it's fine; there are no problems.
Politicians, who are constantly being caught out lying, lining their own pockets, furthering their own careers or simply
in it to further the cause of the wealthy liberal which they represent and for the large part, consist of.
Think expenses claims and 10% pay rise when you got nothing, because apparently we were all supposed to be making 'sacrifices'.
Or would you rather believe a Doctor?
Someone who has sworn an oath to do no harm and by the very nature and definition of the vocation, would be a selfless and compassionate individual.
Someone therefore, who I would have thought would have sense of duty of care towards their patients.
I think they would certainly be less inclined than politicians to be bought, motivated or overwhelmed by an immeasurable desire for money.
Well, I know who I'd rather believe.
I mean, the B.M.A. is hardly a well-known hot bed of militancy and bastion of hard-core, firebrand union types.
Neither is it renowned for giving succour to industrial strife and call industrial action, at the drop of a hat.
There is one thing you have to ask yourself, not least because we're constantly being told there's a need for restraint and cutbacks in the public finances, as we allegedly have such a huge deficit, we've got no money and we're bust etc.
Would the Government suggest a new contract that would increase the cost of the NHS bill?
They spend an inordinate amount of time coming up with excuses why no one should ever get a pay rise and argue vociferously against the validity or rationale of any annual pay claim, from anyone, to the hilt,
Yet now apparently, with an official (fixed of course) inflation rate at 1%+, the public finances apparently on their knees (See, Statistics under 'Articles' at top of homepage.), they are seemingly so eager, willing and determined to increase public finance costs, they want to unilaterally impose an 11% pay rise on Junior Doctors.
I don't think so.
We saw in the last blog entry on this (mentioned above), it's not a pay rise at all.
It's all smoke and mirrors with a couple of red herrings thrown in, as usual.
Of course, what it's really about is long term savings created by this and what they call 'flexibility' which will both be extracted from the new contracts for nothing, for evermore.