Junior Doctors Calls for Fresh Industrial Action
From September 2016, the BMA’s junior doctors committee is looking to re-start ‘rolling strikes’ if the government rejects to address concerns over patient security and equality in its proposed new contract. The new chair of the junior doctors committee, Dr Ellen McCourt is calling on the union’s full council to approve a fresh industrial action in their dispute over a new contract with the government. This week, National Health Service (NHS) leads had made moves on concern over whistleblowing and the guardian of safe working role. Although, the government has not agreed the remaining concern like wage for those working less than full time and appreciating weekend working. The junior doctors Committee says that the ministers have failed to address concerns about the remaining issues. In July 2016, junior doctors and medical students voted to refuse a deal on contract agreed with the BMA. The contract was rejected by 58% of its participant who voted in the ballot. On 11th August 2016, Dr McCourt released a letter to members on twitter where she criticised the Government for staying “persistently silent” on the junior doctors issues and said it had led to the rejection of the contract. Dr McCourt said that considering all this things junior doctors committee Executive has voted to refuse the new proposed contact completely and call for official re-negotiations on junior doctors concern. She added that in the reaction to the Government silence, the committee has made a formal call for a special meeting of BMA Council to approve a rolling programme of industrial action in early September. Reacting to Dr McCourt’s letter, Chief Executive of NHS Employers, Daniel Mortimer said that industrial action attains little or nothing but places pressure on previously stressed teams and services. It can cause anxiety, distress and disturbance for patients, caretakers and their families. He further added that over the past two months NHS Employers had been speaking to the junior doctors committee and had reacted positively to junior doctors concerns regarding the whistleblowing and the Guardian Role. Recruitment Synergy is a London based Medical Recruitment Agency which provide recruitment service across the UK. Visit our blog page daily for latest update on healthcare system of the UK.