The BMA is organising a junior doctors strike this week. The BMA website section on the strike reads:-
‘Emergency care only between 8am on Wednesday 6 April and 8am on Friday 8 April (48 hours)’
Later in the month a further strike is being organised but this time it will involve withdrawal of emergency cover by striking doctors.
‘Full withdrawal of labour between the hours of 8am and 5pm on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 April (18 hours in total)‘
The NHS Employers website has published the new junior doctors contract on this section of their website.
The government has published an impact assessment of the new contract here. This is turn has resulted in a discussion about the impact of the contract on female doctors who are single parents.
The primary concern of doctors is to provide a service to patients and there is no doubt that there has been considerable frustration expressed by many UK doctors about the current situation.
Various judgements are being made about the consequences in the short and medium to long-term from action or inaction.
The full withdrawal of labour marks an escalation in the strike action.
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has published a statement on their website
‘This is a time of unprecedented crisis for the NHS. With this in mind and in the spirit of placing patient welfare first and foremost we are writing in response to the escalation of the junior doctor’s dispute in England.
We call on both sides in the dispute to step back from the brink by suspending imposition of the contract and the all-out strike and urge a return to negotiations.
We believe that this is essential if the current impasse is to be broken and progress made in resolving this extremely damaging stand-off for the benefit of all NHS stakeholders, particularly our patients and trainees‘