19 / 11 / 2015 10.41am
NHS Employers has urged the BMA Junior Doctors’ Committee not to formally decide to strike, in response to the BMA’s ‘yes’ vote for industrial action announced today (Thursday 19 November 2015).
Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive, NHS Employers, said:
“Today's announcement is disappointing and will result in thousands of NHS patients, their families and carers being concerned that their planned care and treatment will be disrupted during December. NHS organisations are now working hard to keep disruption to a minimum but it is inevitable that appointments will be postponed, surgery rearranged and clinics closed.
“By taking the unprecedented step of not providing emergency cover for two of their days of action, the BMA are putting the NHS and their colleagues under even greater strain during one of its busiest periods impacting even further on our ability to provide safe and effective care for our patients.
“Even at this late stage, we call for the BMA to return to talks. The new contract offers increases in basic pay, concrete safeguards on working hours and pay protection to ensure that doctors won't lose out. I think the public will question why the BMA are causing such significant disruption when the offer of talks remains open.”