March aftermath

After yesterday’s march, protestors will be pleased to see their photos in at least some of the Sunday papers, including The Sunday Times and the front page of The Sunday Telegraph.

The Telegraph is running its own ‘Back our doctors’ campaign to suspend the entire Modernising Medical Careers programme.

It moves the story on with the news that the NHS is spending thousands of pounds on hiring venues to hold the MTAS interviews.

Some interviews, it reports, are taking place at football grounds — Yorkshire interviews are at Leeds United’s ground, Elland Road. Even Newmarket race course is being used for candidates in Eastern England.

But the agenda for most Sunday papers would have already been set by the time the march took place. So it was on Saturday’s television news that gave it the most coverage, not least Channel 4 News at 7pm, which included an interview with Lord Hunt, the health minister handling the crisis.

Lord Hunt stood by his action so far, while saying he obviously wanted to take account of junior doctors’ views on the MTAS scheme.