Junior doctors to strike every month until Christmas

Henrietta Brewer
September 2, 2016

The leadership challenger said the latest wave of walkouts planned by junior doctors demonstrates the "utter chaos" the NHS is experiencing under the Tories.

Keith Taylor, a Green MEP for the South East, accused Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt of "incompetence" and pledged to "stand in solidarity" with junior doctors.

The British Medical Association, the doctors' union, says the physicians will withdraw their labor on September 12-16 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.

The British Medical Association has confirmed junior doctors in England will take further industrial action.

"It is obviously a matter of great concern for everyone, especially for patients, and when so little time has been given for the NHS to make contingency plans". "That, to me, is playing politics", he said.

Dr Porter said it was not the case that all GP and consultant representatives were opposed to the strike action.

The extra strike dates come on top of the five days of action announced on Wednesday, which will take place from September 12 to 16.

Junior doctors are planning a five-day strike, which marks the longest period of industrial action in the history of the NHS.

Mr Hunt said he was open to dialogue, but insisted the best way forward was implementation of the contract.

Despite the BMA recommending acceptance, the deal was rejected by junior doctors in a ballot by 58% to 42%.

"Trusts will be working hard to minimise disruption, but many thousands of operations and appointments will need to be cancelled or rearranged, causing distress, delay and pain to our patients".

The October dates fall over a weekend, when the doctors will work rather than strike, according to reports - to show that "they already work weekends" in response to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's claim that the NHS needs to be a "seven day" service.

The BMA said it will call off the strikes if the Government agrees to stop the imposition.

The Health Secretary wants to implement a seven-day working week, arguing that people still get ill over weekends and public holidays and the fewer staff on duty then means care is not the same as for Monday through to Fridays.

He criticised Mrs May and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and said they were determined to implement the contract because it was "in their party manifesto".

"Most of our foundation year job plans for junior doctors are compliant with both versions of the contract, although it is more complicated in other groups of junior doctors".

The impact of these contracts on patients' safety (and doctor recruitment) is precisely the issue junior doctors have raised from the start of the dispute. "It is too important to be rushed to meet a political deadline", Dr McCourt said.

"We should not lose sight of the underlying reason for this dispute, namely this government's determination to be the first country in the world to offer a proper patient-focused 7 day health service".

Prime Minister Theresa May has slammed the BMA union for "playing politics" after it announced the fresh wave of industrial action this week.

What's more, the BMA must be the first union in history to call for strike action against a deal they themselves negotiated and said was a good one.

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