14 March, 2023: We’ve reached a boiling point ! Why are junior doctors in the UK protesting ? Read to know more.
Poh Wang, who feels he is overworked, underpaid, and overburdened with a college loan he can't fathom paying off, wants to strike next week alongside tens of thousands of other junior doctors in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Wang is still angry about how he was treated at the time of the pandemic, when he felt helpless to deal with the influx of patients coming to the hospital with COVID-19 symptoms, claiming that public expressions of support did not cover the costs.
The British Medical Association (BMA), which represents physicians and junior doctors, and medical interns counts Mr. Wang as a council member. “We’ve reached a boiling point where we have had enough,” he said.
The state-funded National Health Service (NHS), which is already under stress from waves of strike actions by nurses, ambulance drivers, and other staff, will come under even more pressure as a result of the junior doctors' boycotts.
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Another junior doctor, Daniel Zahedi, 27, intends to protest as recounts the persistent lack of staff and difficulties at his hospital in Cambridge, eastern England. “People are burning out left, right and center – where pay is just getting eroded year after year, where conditions are getting worse, where patient care is being damaged,” he said.
Junior doctors are competent medical professionals, frequently with years of experience, who operate under the supervision of senior doctors and make an important part of the nation's health sector.