I wrote about the mess regarding the Junior Doctors Contracts and the resulting strikes on the day of the first strike, here it is again:
Jeremy Hunt was on the Andrew Marr show to to launch a new initiative for a paperless NHS, however large parts of the interview was dominated by the controversy regarding the new Junior Doctors’ contract.
The Health Secretary was made to sit and listen live on TV to the complaints of junior doctors who said they were “despairing and close to quitting medicine” – and that it was all his fault.
Here is a clip from the programme and his response in which he describes the BMA as “totally irresponsible”…
*He hasn’t actually said that, yet…
The largest amount of money raised in the shortest time ever for one of the worlds greatest humanitarian crisis.
World leaders pledged more than $10 billion to help Syrians affected by the conflict which has engulfed the nation for 5 years.
This was announced by David Cameron at a Syrian donors’ conference hosted in London, he said that the money will provide Syrians with, “Life saving food, medical care and shelter.”
The gathering of 70 nations was described as a great success by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and said, “Never has the international community raised so much money on a single day for a single crisis”. Among the Countries and organisations to commit to the fund included, UK, Germany, France, USA, Australia, Belgium, Italy, Poland, Japan, the UAE, Austria, Switzerland, Estonia, Denmark and Finland, along with the World Bank and the European Investment Bank.
Loans to neighbouring countries Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan would also be given in order to support the governments and also to allow the refugees jobs and access to education in those nations.
However, despite the success of the conference, it is still an incredibly dangerous and implicated problem being faced by a country ripped apart by conflict.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said: “After five years of fighting, it’s pretty incredible that as we come here in London, the situation on the ground is actually worse, not better…If people are reduced to eating grass and leaves and killing stray animals in order to survive, that’s something that should tear at the conscience of all civilised people and we all have a responsibility to respond to it.”
The regime of President Bashar al Assad has used the last 10 days of London talks and diplomacy aimed at ending the conflict, to intensify air strikes by its Russian ally against rebel-held areas.
The effects on the rebels have been catastrophic. Their main supply route from Aleppo to Turkey has now been cut.
But this is only part of the bloody tapestry of Syria’s complex conflict.
Russia would be critical in bringing the Assad regime to peace talks and to getting a ceasefire ahead of effective diplomacy.
But Turkey has been blocking Kurd participation in the political process.
The Kurds are one of the most reliable partners for the American-led coalition fighting Islamic State, and yet they are being bombed by Turkey – which is pledged to fight IS, too.
Gulf nations have given substantial humanitarian donations – yet they continue to sponsor extremist militia like the al Qaeda-affiliated al Nusra Front which is both fighting Mr Assad and seen as a terrorist group in the West.
The complexity and confusion regarding the war and conflict with so many different angles and perspectives is why there are no signs for an end to the conflict. Despite the generosity in funds and donations, if there can’t be a diplomatic solution then Syrians and the following refugees will continue to suffer.
A strike by Junior Doctors’ planned for 10th February will go ahead after talks between medics and managers failed to reach agreement, the British Medical Association has said.
The 24-hour walk-out will leave emergency care in place – despite initial plans for a full strike. The decision to exclude emergency care from the strike action next week comes after polling showing very high public support for junior doctors striking as long as emergency care was not included.
David Cameron has previously warned in an interview that junior doctors could be unilaterally forced to accept the new contract if an agreement is not reached voluntarily.
To read a previous article describing dispute and the effects of it, follow this link- #JuniorDoctorsStrike
A spoken word piece by someone who uses simple maths to show why immigration might not be such a bad thing.
Here’s a link to her Youtube page @holliepoetry
The terrorist group ISIS are planning more mass strikes in Europe and according to Europol, the law enforcement agency for the EU, Isis has set up secret training camps across Europe to prepare fighters to carry out “special forces style” attacks in the UK or other EU countries.
The international police agency said that the barbaric organisation had “smaller scale training camps in the EU and Balkan countries”. They would include survival training and sports activities to help jihadists prepare for “combat and interrogation resistance”.
And ISIS could be looking to recruit refugees who have fled to Europe to launch terror attacks in the countries that have given them shelter, the agency said.
It emerged last year that remote villages in Bosnia were being turned in to terror training camps by ISIS.
Furthermore, the threat assessment also warned that ISIS has developed a new specialist style”external actions command” to plot and carry out attacks in the West and around the world. The ‘special forces’ style means attacks in the future could be more like the kind that took place in Mumbai in 2008 and also similar to the attacks seen in Paris last year.
The terror group released a new video on Sunday which indicated the UK would be the next target because of its decision to join air strikes in Syria.
The Europol assessment said: “In selecting what to attack, where, when and how, IS shows its capacity to strike at will, at any time and at almost any chosen target.
It also suggested that, after the Paris attacks- where 130 people were killed, there is “every reason to expect that Isis will undertake a terrorist attack somewhere in Europe again… intended to cause mass casualties amongst the civilian population”.
The street artist Banksy has taken a swipe at French authorities for their handling of the migrant crisis in Calais, the new artwork created by Banksy has appeared opposite the French Embassy.
The mural has been up since Sunday morning, criticising the use of tear gas on refugees in the Calais “Jungle” by depicting Les Misérables’ Cosette suffering from the riot control agent.
Alongside it is a QR code which directs to a video (below), recorded by Calais Migrant Solidarity, and shows the force and assaults carried out by the French Police, including use of tear gas, rubber bullets and concussion grenades, in attempts to evict the refugees.
The work is the latest in a series of pieces by Banksy which criticises Europe’s handling of the ongoing refugee crisis. It is a direct comment on the recent attempts by French authorities to bulldoze part of the camp in Calais – which has now been deemed unsafe – and evict about 1,500 refugees
This powerful video made by UNICEF highlights the devastation that the Syrian conflict has caused, particularly to children. It looks back on the past five years of the conflict in, showing harrowing images of the brutal conditions and the consequences for children. According to Unicef, more than 5.6 million children inside Syria are in urgent need […]