Doctors' strike is unnecessary – Hunt


Junior doctors and medical students demonstrate outside the Houses of rliament in London as rt of an England-wide one-day strike in a dispute with the government over new contractsSymbol copyright
Image caption There are more than 55,000 younger doctors in England

Junior doctors have been urged to recompense to the negotiating table by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who described their 24-hour batter in England as “completely unnecessary”.

NHS England said about 10,000 secondary doctors had reported for duty out of 26,000 scheduled to work the day shift.

Thousands of designated operations have been cancelled during the walkout in protest at a propounded new contract.

The BMA said the strike sent a “clear message” to the government.

“We completely regret the level of disruption caused, but this is a fight for the long-term cover of tients and junior doctors’ working lives,” said Dr Johann Malawana, presiding officer of the British Medical Association (BMA) junior doctors’ committee.

He said that minor doctors had “no confidence” in the new contract.

NHS England apologised to affected tients, and told trusts would try to reschedule cancelled appointments and operations as soon as thinkable.

‘Hardly surprising’

The walkout, which began at 08:00 GMT, comes after talks between the unity and government failed to reach agreement on the proposed new contract. The BMA is concerned on every side y for weekend working, career progression and safeguards to protect doctors from being overtaxed.

But ministers have argued the current arrangements are outdated and changes are needed to ameliorate standards of care at the weekend.

Media captionEmily Rogers was due to would rather an operation but it was cancelled because of the strike
Media captionConsultant: “We’ll do whatever is needed to frame sure tients are safe”

NHS England said more than 3,300 affairs had been cancelled on Tuesday – about one in 10 of those planned.

A variety of hundred more operations have been im cted in the days in the vanguard and after the strike.

Emily Rogers, from Cheltenham, told the BBC she had been due to suffer with an operation to insert a new feeding tube, which had taken four months to organize.

“I thought doctors got into [their profession] less for monetary value and more for how advantageous it was,” she said.

  • 55,000 junior doctors work in England

  • 37,000 are members of the BMA

  • 26,000 were due to pressure on Tuesday

  • 10,000 or so turned up for work

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There are diverse than 55,000 junior doctors in England, a third of the medical workforce, although precisely over 37,000 are BMA members.

Junior doctors who support the industrial activity are providing only emergency cover during the 24-hour period.

BBC vigorousness correspondent Nick Triggle said it was thought many of the 10,000 doctors who shifted up were medics who had agreed to work to cover emergency care, although a few thousand were also probable to be doctors who were not members of the BMA and not taking rt in strike action.

The BMA implied: “Since we asked junior doctors who would be covering emergency attend to to go into work today it is hardly surprising that they arrange done so along with those who are not members of the BMA.”

The Sandwell Hospital tale


By BBC Health editor Hugh Pym

This was supposed to be a day of discernibly dividing lines with junior doctors going on strike, except those on edges for urgent and emergency work.

But the understanding clearly broke down at Sandwell Sanitarium in the West Midlands.

The trust wrote to local junior doctors in a the world of letters dated 11 January, saying they all needed to work because of an “internal occasion” and that it antici ted high tient demand.

Under an agreement blot out with the BMA, hospitals can recall striking doctors in the event of life-threatening pinch scenarios.

But the BMA argued Sandwell had not acted in line with the agreement and so tutored members not to heed the hospital management’s call.

An awkward stand-off ensued after a couple returned to work. By late afternoon the hospital dropped its call for escape and said things were under control.

It was an ominous illustration of what clout go wrong in the current fraught atmosphere around the dispute.

Mr Hunt im rted the number that had gone into work showed “the values of the ca cious majority of junior doctors”.

“We have some disagreements with the BMA as a remainder y. But we all want to promise every tient who uses the NHS the promise of the same high-quality guardianship every day of the week,” he said.

Image caption Lesser doctors are providing only emergency cover during the industrial motion

“And at the moment we have an NHS where if you have a stroke at the weekends, you’re 20% myriad likely to die. That can’t be acceptable.”

Shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander said the superintendence’s handling of the strike had been “utterly shambolic”.

“Nobody wanted to see industrial proceeding least of all the junior doctors, but we understand why they feel they should prefer to no other option,” she said.

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What is the disagreement about?

  • The row between junior doctors and the government is over a new contract
  • Talks impoverished down in 2014, but the dispute has escalated since the summer after priests said they would impose the deal
  • Ministers offered doctors an 11% be elevated in basic y last year, but that was offset by curbs to other constituents of the y ckage, including yments for unsociable hours – they have keep went there is not extra money for junior doctor y
  • The government says the coins are needed to create more seven-days services, but the BMA warns safeguards to incarcerate a lid on excessive hours are being weakened
  • The union balloted its members in the autumn, and 98% of those who voted endorsed strike action
  • Talks restarted in December, leading to three hours of strikes being called off, but these have so far failed to reach a breakthrough, which is why register withs are taking place
  • A 48-hour strike is scheduled for Tuesday 26 January – exigency cover will again be provided
  • An all-out junior doctors’ reach is planned for Wednesday 10 February – emergency cover will not be gave
  • Talks are ongoing and the two sides are set to get around the table again later this week

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On Tuesday morning, bosses at Sandwell Medical centre in West Bromwich ordered junior doctors back to work after submitting a major incident due to a “very high” number of admissions, but that insist on was later retracted.

The BMA had refused to agree to the request, arguing it was not clear whether the locale qualified as a major incident.

“The number we have been able to safely execute has increased so that services are safe for tonight and tomorrow,” a hospital spokeswoman later remarked.

Anne Rainsberry, from NHS England, apologised to all tients in England who had been pretentious.

Image caption Getting the message across at Sandwell Clinic in West Bromwich

“It’s a tough day but the NHS is pulling out all the stops, with senior doctors and wet-nurses often stepping in to provide cover.

“NHS trusts are now working hard to reschedule withdrew tests, appointments and operations as soon as is possible.”

The tients Association, an neutral health charity, urged “both sides to continue discussions”.

“Any new develop must offer terms that are fair for doctors and protect them. Inferior doctors are the backbone of the NHS, and it is vital that they are able to provide the OK and effective care that tients need,” it added.

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