Junior Doctors Set For Three 48Hour Strikes


Junior doctors have announced three further strikes following the Government”s decision to impose new contracts.

The British Medical Association says the contracts will leave many doctors worse off – a claim the Government denies.

The sticking point is said to be the time at which premium pay rates apply, particularly at the weekend.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt decided to impose the contracts after talks – punctuated by two previous strikes – failed to result in agreement.

The next strikes, which only affect England, have been scheduled for:

:: 8am on Wednesday 9 March to 8am on Friday 11 March

:: 8am on Wednesday 6 April to 8am on Friday 8 April

:: 8am on Tuesday 26 April to 8am on Thursday 28 April

Doctors will continue to provide emergency care on those dates.

Meanwhile, the BMA is seeking a judicial review after claiming the Government failed to complete an Equality Impact Assessment before deciding to impose the contracts.

Dr Johann Malawana, BMA junior doctor committee chair, said: “It now appears that in trying to push through these changes, the Government failed to give proper consideration to the impact this contract could have on junior doctors.”

He added that the Government could avert industrial action by re-entering talks with the BMA.

A Department of Health spokesman said: “Further strike action is completely unnecessary and will mean tens of thousands more patients face cancelled operations – over a contract that was 90% agreed with the BMA and which senior NHS leaders including Simon Stevens have endorsed as fair and safe.

“The new contract will mean an average 13.5% basic pay rise, and will bring down the maximum number of hours doctors can work.”