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Doctors could resign and take on agency work

Published 15/02/2016

It is time for junior doctors to take their gloves off in their fight against the Health Secretary.

While a long-term strike might be considered to contravene the Hippocratic Oath, surely nobody could find fault with medics who simply refused to accept the new contract and resigned from their posts?

Of course, they would then be at liberty to register with temporary agencies to work at whatever was the going rate.

This would doubtless be more expensive for the NHS than simply settling with the BMA, but I cannot see any government allowing hospitals to close when there was a ready supply of suitable doctors available in the free market.

JOHN EOIN DOUGLAS

Edinburgh

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