Junior doctor records protest song 'Stand Up' over contract imposition

A junior doctor has recorded a protest song and music video to raise awareness of junior doctors' concerns over the new contract set to be imposed on them.

Junior doctor Dr Rishi Dhir appears in a music video for his contract protest song 'Stand Up'
Junior doctor Dr Rishi Dhir appears in a music video for his contract protest song 'Stand Up'

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed last week that the government would press ahead with implementing the new contract despite almost six out of 10 junior doctors voting against it in a BMA referendum.

London-based Dr Rishi Dhir told GPonline that he believed his single was a good way to highlight junior doctors' message that the proposed contract was unfair and could undermine the NHS.

Dr Dhir, who has worked for a decade as a junior doctor, collaborated with musician Dave Randall of the UK dance act Faithless to produce the song, called 'Stand Up'.

Stand Up: click here to hear the song

Dr Dhir has urged anyone supporting junior doctors to help the video 'go viral', and called on supporters to download the single, with all proceeds to be donated to charity.

'People are tired of protest after Brexit and other issues - we need to get people talking about junior doctors again,' said Dr Dhir.

'I want people to listen to the words - they are from my heart. I want people to share it and make it go viral – if we can get it charting, people will have to listen to the message. It's not an inflammatory song, it’s positive - it's about unity and solidarity, at a time when there has been a lot of tension.'

With Theresa May set to become prime minister on Wednesday, observers have suggested a new health secretary could be in post soon after a reshuffle.

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Dr Dhir said his message to the health secretary, whether it was Jeremy Hunt or a replacement, was to 'start listening to health professionals'.

'If the government wants a seven-day NHS, it needs to sit down with health professionals and cost it properly,' he warned. 'Stop spreading spin and help us to help you, rather than working against us.'

Speaking after junior doctors voted to reject the new contract put forward by the government, Mr Hunt said last week: 'Protracted uncertainty at precisely the time we grapple with the enormous consequences of leaving the EU can only be damaging for those working in the NHS and on the patients who depend on it.

'The only realistic way to end this impasse is to proceed with a phased implementation of the exact contract that was negotiated, agreed and supported by the BMA leadership.'

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