BMA announces dates for industrial action


04 / 1 / 2016 4.49pm

The British Medical Association (BMA) has written to trusts across England informing them of its intention to take industrial action on the following dates:

  • 12 January 2016
    Emergency care only between 8am on Tuesday, 12 January and 8am on Wednesday, 13 January (24 hours)
  • 26 January 2016
    Emergency care only between 8am on Tuesday, 26 January and 8am on Thursday, 28 January (48 hours)
  • 10 February 2016
    Full withdrawal of labour between 8am and 5pm on Wednesday, 10 February.

Summary of position reached since 30 November

The announcement of this industrial action follows the BMA's rejection of the latest offer during talks on 4 January. Daniel Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, has written to the health secretary summarising the position reached since talks resumed on 30 November. 

Dr Johann Malawana chair of the junior doctor's committee wrote to Daniel Mortimer on 4 January to respond to the summary offer made by NHS Employers and the Department of Health. Read Daniel Mortimer's full response to Johann Malawana's letter. 

Industrial action resources

Following this announcement, our industrial action web pages have been updated to support you with this action and contingency planning. We will continue to keep you informed as this situation develops.

Next Steps

The BMA has accepted our proposal to return to ACAS to continue talks. The health secretary has also appointed, Sir David Dalton, chief executive of Salford Royal to take negotiations forward with ACAS on behalf of the NHS and the government.

Sir David will partner with NHS Employers and be assisted by a wider group of trust chief executives and medical directors. He has written to all chairs, chief executives human resource and medical directors in the NHS to explain his new role in the negotiations. Sir David has a reputation for engaging with staff and has transformed Salford Royal into one of only two CQC-rated 'outstanding' trusts. Not only does Salford Royal have agreed standards for seven-day services for urgent and emergency care, it also has one of the highest staff satisfaction rates in the country. 

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