Hospital Doctors across our region will be taking industrial action from 8am tomorrow (Wed 6th April). We urge residents and the community as a whole to support their struggle by joining the picket line at Hull Royal from 10am.
Theresa Vaughan is the Secretary of Save Our NHS Hull and E. Yorkshire. She said, “By singling out hospital Doctors Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is hoping to divide workers which then allows him to move on and destroy terms and conditions right across the Health sector, and beyond. Their fight is our fight.
Here is the BMA advice on why this industrial action has become a depressing necessity.
The current industrial action comes after several years of discussions with the Government about a new contract for junior doctors. There have been consistent concerns about safeguards within the proposals, concerns which we continue to hold.
In 2015, the DDRB, an independent body, undertook a review and provided recommendations for a new contract. After the recommendations were released the Government asked the BMA to re-enter negotiations with the recommendations as the basis. We could not agree to the unsafe and unfair preconditions proposed, and so the Government said they would impose a new contract from August 2016.
In September, the BMA’s junior doctors committee decided to ballot junior doctor members on support for industrial action. The result of the ballot of more than 37,000 junior doctors in England was announced on 19 November, with more than 99 per cent having voted in favour of industrial action short of a strike, and 98 per cent for full strike action, demonstrating the strength of feeling amongst the profession.
The BMA suspended industrial action planned for December following progress made through talks facilitated by Acas. While progress was made on some issues during negotiations between the BMA, NHS Employers and the Department of Health, the offer that Government made on 4 January was not acceptable to the BMA. As a result, the action planned for 12 January went ahead.
Discussions with the Government continued throughout January, which led to the suspension of the planned 48-hour action on 26-28 January. However, despite the best efforts of the BMA negotiating team, major sticking points, including around the classification of Saturdays, remain. Because we have not managed to reach agreement with NHS Employers and the Department of Health on the new junior doctors contract, junior doctors will be taking industrial action for 24 hours from 8am on Wednesday 10 February to 8am on Thursday 11 February. During this period, junior doctors in England will be offering emergency care.
Join the picket line at Hull Royal from 10am.
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