13 / 11 / 2015 10.05am
The British Medical Association (BMA) has today announced the dates their junior doctors in England will take action, should they ballot in favour of industrial action (the ballot closes on Wednesday 18 November).
In response to this announcement Danny Mortimer, chief executive at NHS Employers said:
“We know this will have a huge impact on patient care and we urge the BMA to avoid putting patients and the NHS in this position by returning to talks with us. Proposed strike action, as outlined by the BMA would be hugely regrettable. Employers across the NHS will be extremely disappointed and anxious about the difficult situation they will find themselves in to make sure work schedules are met and patient care is not compromised.”
In the first of three events, junior doctors will provide emergency care only, which is the same as they would provide in their specialty, hospital or GP practice on Christmas Day:
They then intend to escalate their industrial action over the following weeks and have two full walk-outs on the following dates:
- Tuesday 1 December (from 8am until 8am Wednesday 2 December) - emergency care only.
- Tuesday 8 December (from 8am to 5pm) - full walk out
- Wednesday 16 December (from 8am to 5pm) - full walk out.
Resources to support you
To support you with any potential periods of industrial action we have published a number of resources including guidance and FAQs to help with your industrial action planning and a dedicated free legal advice line for employers.
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resources and keep you informed of the outcome of the ballot on the 18 November.