BMA votes for strike action

Danny Mortimer

20 / 11 / 2015 12.45pm

Dear Colleague

The BMA has announced the results of their ballot on industrial action over junior doctor contract reform. 

  • 99.4 per cent of those taking part in the ballot voted YES to take action short of strike action
  • 98 per cent of those taking part in the ballot voted YES to take strike action.
Voter turnout 76 per cent. 

This result now means that the strike action announced by the BMA will go ahead on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 1 December to 8am  - 8 am Wednesday 2 December - Emergency care only 
  • Tuesday 8 December Full walk out — from 8am to 5pm 
  • Wednesday 16 December Full walk out — from 8am to 5pm.
We are obviously extremely disappointed with the outcome of the vote, which will cause distress and disruption for patients across the NHS. I know that you will already be well advanced with your contingency planning for minimising the effect that this strike action will have on you patients. Sir Bruce Keogh has written to the BMA setting out his requirements in terms of safe care, a copy of this letter is available on the NHS England website.   

The BMA has approached ACAS to take a role, which is being considered by the government, though the Secretary of State views the DDRB report of July 2015 as a substantial expert and independent intervention (rejected by the BMA).

Information to help with your planning can be found on our industrial action web pages, which we will continue to review and expand over the coming days.  

We have also set up an industrial action webinar for those involved in contingency planning in your trusts, at 10am on Wednesday 25 November, where you be able to put your questions to lawyers from Capsticks. Full details are available on our events webpage where you can also book your place.

Capsticks is also hosting a free advice line for NHS employers. The number is 020 8780 4756 and the email address is 

Finally, we are being asked to provide as much feedback as we can to the Department of Health on how your local engagement events have gone with your junior doctor staff. If you haven’t yet done so, please send your feedback to and let me know of anything else we can do to support your preparations for this period of industrial action.

With best wishes

Daniel Mortimer
Chief Executive
NHS Employers

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