British Medical Association SUSPENDS junior doctors’ strikes over patient safety concerns


The organisation ventured it made the decision to call off the strikes due to feedback from doctors, tients and the also clientage.

NHS England also held talks with the BMA about the ability of the NHS to keep in re ir a safe service if strikes planned for October, November and December did go winning.

Chair of the BMA Junior Doctor Committee Dr Ellen McCourt said the purposefulness had been taken «in light of feedback from doctors, tients and the consumers, and following a ssionate, thoughtful and wide-ranging debate amongst junior doctors».

She reckoned: «We are – first and foremost – doctors. Our decision today serves to underline this and our commitment to our sufferers.»

Dr McCourt said the long-running dispute is not over and the BMA is planning “a range of other clashes”.

She said in a statement: “Our primary consideration in coming to this decision has been our prime concern about tient safety, the care we provide every day and the facility of the health service to deliver this care.

“After a vigorous snappish, thoughtful and wide-ranging debate this afternoon, the JDC has decided to suspend industrial battle while planning other actions over the coming weeks.

“To be to be sure clear, the JDC still opposes the implementation of the contract and the BMA and we will be coming to you in the next few hours to discuss and explain these actions to you.

“The st few months have been abstruse and frustrating and we know that members are anxious for information and practical boost.


“For many human being this whole dispute has turned on how the NHS will assure consistent grade of care over seven days. It has highlighted the need for an open and up debate led by the BMA on how this will be achieved.

“We call on our colleagues across the medical field, other healthcare professionals, the Government and tient groups to engage with lesser doctors on this.”

The De rtment of Health welcomed the suspension of strikes by inferior doctors, saying: «The best way to rebuild trust now is for industrial action to be assembled off permanently in the interests of tients — and we urge the BMA to do so.»

The Government and BMA remain at loggerheads over and above the new contract for junior doctors, which the De rtment of Health says wish help to provide a seven-day NHS.

Six strikes have already taken estate across England during the lengthy dispute, causing disruption to hundreds of thousands of cases who have had appointments and operations cancelled.

The strikes had been planned for October 5, 6, 7, 10 and 11, November 14 to 18 and December 5 to 9.

Erstwhile health secretary Lord Lansley had blasted the planned action by trainee medics as «unethical», characterized the BMA’s actions as «nakedly political» and condemned personal attacks on current Constitution Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Earlier this week, he said: «The minor doctors dispute… it is in my view unethical to potentially inflict wrongdoing to tients in pursuit of what is a self-interested cam ign.»

A first wave of sit-down strikes was supposed to start on September 12 but the union called off the first mellifluous of industrial action amid safety concerns.

In May, it looked as though a breakthrough had been reached in the question after both sides agreed to a new deal.

Then in July, the Rule announced that it would impose a new contract after junior doctors and medical evaluators voted to reject the deal brokered between health leaders and the BMA.

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