Street artist Stik showed his solidarity with striking Junior NHS Doctors today at a protest outside Homerton Hospital. Stik was at Homerton Hospital in September where he raised a staggering £50,000 from prints of ‘Sleeping Baby’, the artwork he has also painted on a wall within the Hospital grounds. All funds went to Homerton’s art therapy room. Read the full story here.
The Junior Doctors were holding Placards with Stik’s iconic sleeping Baby. The sleeping baby artwork shows vulnerability, and Stik relates this to the National Health Service at the moment.
“It’s a very vulnerable picture. The NHS is very vulnerable… we need to look after it, because it looks after us.” Stik
Today’s industrial action was called by the British Medial Association as part of a national strike against changes to doctors’ contracts. The new contract, which sees Doctors working unsociable evenings and weekends without any extra overtime pay, will affect doctors with families the most, and lacks safeguards against doctors working even longer hours. Junior Doctors come under huge financial stress through university fees, they already work unsociable hours, and Jeremy Hunt will take the extra pay from them, he also wants a seven day working week by stretching an already overstretched service.
Thank you Stik for supporting the National Health Service and standing with our Junior Doctors.
Check out the Hackney Gazette for more information on the NHS strikes in Homerton Hospital.