Tory MP apologizes to doctor over strike tweet
A doctor has been apologized to by the deputy leader of the Conservative Party, Lee Anderson, for a “misleading” social media post.
His “sincere apologies” were extended to Tom Dolphin for any distress caused by his post on X, formerly Twitter, regarding the ongoing junior doctors strike.
MPs have also agreed to pay £1,870 to the British Medical Association strike fund to “compensate for the upset they may have caused”.
Mr Anderson’s “very gracious apology” was thanked by Dr Dolphin via Twitter.
According to a Mail Online article published on 6 October, Mr Anderson responded to a claim that Dr Dolphin had “boasted of charging the NHS for a strike cover shift” by tweeting.
“Some commentators” did not understand that Dr Dolphin had covered for junior doctors who were striking on that day, according to a tweet from Dr Dolphin. This was not the first time he had been on strike.
Dr Dolphin donated the pay for his covered shift to the BMA strike fund, according to the Ashfield MP, who is also a GB News presenter. He said this was an unselfish act and he would make the same contribution to the fund, even though he does not agree with the strikes.
Lee Anderson apologized very graciously for Dr Dolphin’s mistake, saying: “I thank you for your kind words.”.
It is also very kind of you to donate to the strike fund. I hope your donation will inspire others to do the same.”
BMA said doctors were “repeatedly misrepresented by the government during this industrial dispute” and it was good the false claims about Dr Dolphin had been corrected.
As part of the long-running dispute about pay and conditions in the NHS in England, junior doctors have staged a series of strikes.