This November will see the British Medical Association (@TheBMA) open the ballot to vote for industrial action. This is because #Juniordoctors are largely in dispute with the government in response to the newly proposed #juniorcontract.
The BMA wants the following concrete assurances in writing from the Government before they can agree to re-enter negotiations:
- Proper recognition of unsocial hours as premium time
- No disadvantage for those working unsocial hours compared to current system
- No disadvantage for those working less than full time and taking parental leave compared to the current system
- Pay for all work done
- Proper hours safeguards protecting patients and their doctors
These seem like reasonable requests. And so we remain concerned that our junior doctors may not feel safe and valued in practice. We are also saddened that the government and NHS Employers feel that they may need to impose a new contract.
Many campaigns have arisen recently to try to explain to Jeremy Hunt how hard our NHS staff are working...These include (but are not limited to) #nhs #saveournhs #juniordoctors #juniorcontract #notsafenotfair #weneedtotalkaboutjeremy #iminworkjeremy #iwork7days But who is listening?
October saw our junior doctors line the streets in a rally to highlight their concerns. We will be very interested to see how this powerful rhetoric translates into real change.
Safer care for our patients relies upon safe working conditions for our junior doctors.
However, " Unless the government drop the threat of imposition and provide the necessary assurances we need on key issues junior doctors will be left with very few options."
We support our junior doctors in practice every day!
Watch this space...