Over 30,000 junior doctors working in the British Government run National Health Service went on strike on February 10, 2016 in protest against the governments threat to impose a contract on them unilaterally. Earlier, the government has broken off negotiations with the doctor's union. The new contract aims to greatly increase the workload on junior doctors. Student nurses also joined the striking doctors for an hour, in solidarity.
Earlier, on January 12, 2016, these junior doctors went on strike for the first time in their lives, as there has been no strike of junior doctors of the NHS for the last 40 years.
The British bourgeoisie has stepped up its all sided attack on the livelihood and rights of the working class and people. The drive to liquidate and privatise the public sector National Health Service which provides health care for the vast masses of working people of Britain is one of the main directions of this attack.
The British government is reducing the quality and extent of health care services to the people while increasing the workload on the doctors, nurses and other hospital employees, and cutting back the funding on health care.
As part of the attack, the stipends for student nurses is also being cut.
The protests by heath workers in defence of the National Health Service and against its liquidation enjoys widespread support amongst the working people.