Seeing junior doctors striking with placards set me to playing devil’s advocate and posing the following questions: Retired senior consultants say before the European Union introduced maximum working hours in a week they regularly worked 70 hours. They never even thought of striking,as they had taken the Hippocratic Oath which puts the benefits of patients above all else. Whatever the pros and cons of the argument with Government are, this would have dominated their course of action. Having just seen the police blamed for the Hillsborough deaths, compensation claims will follow. Will it follow also that if deaths occur from cancelled operations and accident and emergency deaths during their strike they will have to pay compensation to the bereaved for their actions? Will this be unions or individuals?