HUNDREDS of posties and telecoms engineers flocked to picket lines yesterday to stand with junior doctors against Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s attacks.
Communications union CWU sent two coachloads of delegates from its annual conference just down the road to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, where they rallied in support of the striking medics.
Junior doctor and BMA rep Josh Gaon paid tribute to the communication workers for their solidarity, saying that the support of the public had been of huge assistance in taking the dispute forward.
“I never thought we would get to [the] point” of withdrawing emergency care, he said, laying the blame firmly at the door of Tory Mr Hunt.
CWU general secretary Dave Ward said the government had turned the dispute into “a purely personal thing … about not being seen to back down.”