19 / 11 / 2015 9.16am
The British Medical Association (BMA) has today confirmed that their junior doctors in England have voted to take industrial action.
- 99.4 per cent of junior doctors are prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike
- 98 per cent of junior doctors are prepared to take part in strike action
- 76 per cent voter turnout.
Danny Mortimer, chief executive at 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."
Confirmed strike days
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:
- Tuesday 1 December (from 8am until 8am Wednesday 2 December) - emergency care only.
They will then escalate their industrial action over the following weeks and have two full walk-outs on the following dates:
- Tuesday 8 December (from 8am to 5pm) - full walk out
- Wednesday 16 December (from 8am to 5pm) - full walk out.
Resources to support you
Webinar - Wednesday 25 November at 10am. We have set up an industrial action webinar for those involved in contingency planning in your trusts. Participants will be able to put their questions to lawyers from Capsticks.
Resources - To support you during these periods of industrial action, we have published a number of resources including guidance and FAQs. We have also set-up a dedicated free legal advice line for employers with Capsticks.