On January 23rd The Bulletin of Atomic scientists’ doomsday clock moved to 100 seconds to midnight. Rising geopolitical tensions, warmongering rhetoric from world leaders and an erosion of the rules-based international order means the risk of nuclear war is shamefully re-emerging.

Doctors in Unite recognises the futility of maintaining Trident. Nuclear weapons are a wholly ineffective countermeasure against the UK’s disparate security threats. The cost of maintaining them is astronomical, money which could be far better spent elsewhere.

We call for unilateral nuclear disarmament. The Trident weapons system should be scrapped, and alternative and equivalent employment for those UK workers currently involved in the nuclear weapons programme must be provided.

Following a motion proposed by Dr Thabo Miller, our union will affiliate with the campaign group International Physicians for the Preventions of Nuclear War. We also urge the whole of Unite to follow our lead, and affiliate with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.