By 999 Call for the NHS, Jul 22 2016 10:32AM
999 Call for the NHS has always been a keen supporter of new ways to get the message out to people. It's hard getting people's attention and up and down the country campaigners are continually asking "why aren't people angry?". Because the mainstream media doesn't tell them what we know. The journalists working behind the desks in the newsroom are only looking for the hooks, the sensational soundbite filler for the evening news and tomorrow's front page.
The real stories of corporate takeovers, failures of services being provided by non-experienced wokers, patients being left with no care because of cuts - these all get hidden by the ignorance and genuine dimwittery of the modern deskbound journo.
So getting the message out is something we as campaigners have to do in any way we can.
Say HELLO to Dr Rishi!
I'm a junior doctor of ten years working as an orthopaedic senior registrar at the Royal National orthopaedic hospital, London. Having worked as a junior doctor for this time, I've experienced at first hand the tremendous job that my colleagues and I do to keep our patients safe in a system which has been chronically underfunded and devalued for too long. The last few months with the dangerous new contract being imposed on doctors, were a call to action and made me feel that we, on the front line of patient care, had to get politically involved and stand up against a contract which is #notsafenotfair.
Looking at the new proposed contract which, depsite Jeremy Hunt's smiling assurances, still had all the flaws of the old one I felt compelled to get the message out that we have to unite and stand up against this imposition and dangers to our patients, us as NHS Staff. For me it also created a realisation that something was dramatically changing in my workplace - creeping privatisation.
I wanted to use a tool to permeate through to people quickly and effectively and felt that music was the best medium to achieve that as I felt the public were fatigued after Brexit and protests of the last few months.
I approached Dave Randall (previously worked with Faithless and DIDO) as I knew he was politically engaged and together we wrote STAND UP in two weeks and recorded it (I performed it and directed the video).
A great song that could deliver a thousand messages and THIS IS that great song... I need people to hear it
I need everyone to share the video far and wide so it goes viral. And if you download the track (it is 79p and goes to charity for depression in physicians). If thousands of people download it can start creeping up the charts and give a platform to get the issue back into the public consciousness.
I have completely self funded this with no help and no profit, my reward would be to get this message out and turn back the tide of destroying our beloved NHS...
Watch the video HERE ON JUNIOR DOCTORS PAGE