GPs join National Health Singers providing junior doctors strike soundtrack

GPs from across England have joined the National Health Singers choir, formed by two junior doctors, to lead a positive protest through singing against contract changes that look set to trigger strikes this month.

Junior doctor strikes will go ahead on 12 January, 26 January and 10 February after last-ditch talks through the conciliation service ACAS failed to bring an agreement between the BMA and DH.

London GP Dr Anna Martin, who last year joined NHS volunteers working in Sierra Leone to tackle the Ebola outbreak told GPonline that she and 'several GPs nationwide' had joined the choir because they were proud of working for the NHS and determined to protect it.

'Naturally, we all feel incredibly strongly about the proposed changes to the junior doctor contract,' she said. 'We want to protect our patients and trainees.'

The choir recorded a single in November 2015, called 'Yours', with a video featuring actor Michael Sheen.

Watch: National Health Singers - Yours

The choir is adding new songs to its repertoire and has been performing 'Yours' in 'flashmob' events at high-profile public locations around London.

The group will sing at a Westminster protest by nurses on 9 January over government changes to tuition fees that will increase costs for nurses in training. It will then join the 12 January strike by junior doctors.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt warned this week that junior doctor strikes would put patients at risk, as the government and BMA exchanged bitter letters after the breakdown in talks.

The RCGP has warned that morale across the medical profession is lower than ever as strikes now look almost inevitable. Meanwhile, on 30 January the special LMCs conference looks likely to debate industrial action after GP leaders submitted motions calling for a ballot of the profession.

A GPonline survey also found that a majority of GPs want a ballot over potential industrial action.

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