For the government, the threat from junior doctors has been manifest in their four strikes since January, with a further all-out planned next month. There is some government confusion over the matter and it seems that Jeremy Hunt is performing a U-turn over changes to the controversial junior doctors’ contract. Rather than adopting the ‘nuclear adoption’ it has been argued that Hunt will now instead focus on ‘introducing’ a new contract from August. Such has been the controversy that pressure group, Justice for Health, representing a group of junior doctors, has initiated a judicial to challenge the legality of the government’s actions.
This is a useful story for Unit 2 students considering the importance of judicial review in challenging the actions of government and Unit 3 students considering the government’s success in managing the NHS. It can also be used by Unit 1 students as an example of pressure groups using the courts as an access point.