National Voices responds to announcement of five-day junior doctor strike

Thu, 1 September 2016

The British Medical Association (BMA) has announced that junior doctors will take further strike action unless the Government cancels the imposition of its proposed contract. Hospitals have begun to make contingency plans for an unprecedented five-day walkout, which will begin on 12 September.

Commenting on the planned strikes, Jeremy Taylor, Chief Executive of National Voices, said:

This dispute between the Government and BMA has consistently excluded the public and patients from discussions, yet once again it is patients and their families who will bear the brunt of a junior doctor walk-out.

There is no doubt that junior doctors are under a lot of pressure and are deeply unhappy, and there is no doubt that there are weaknesses in the Government’s 7 day NHS plan. This does not add up to a case for a continuous wave of strikes which might not have any benefit to junior doctors, but which will certainly be bad for patients and put further pressure on an already very stretched NHS.

Talking is better than striking, so we urge both sides to get back around the table, but this time the talks need to include the people who have so far been shut out: patients and their representatives.

 

For more information or comment please contact Holly Dawson, National Voices’ Communications and Membership Officer, on 020 3176 0735 or holly.dawson@nationalvoices.org.uk.