Hull Junior Doctor hopes strike action will make Government listen to concerns

Published: Tuesday 12th January 2016 by KCFM

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A Hull Junior Doctor hopes that strikes will make the Government listen to their concerns, after talks over a new contract broke down. The first of three walkouts started today, with junior medics only providing emergency care for 24 hours.

Matthew Tuck wants David Cameron to join the negotiations: “It’s impossible to separate doctor safety and patient safety. Doctors are humans and we make mistakes like everyone else. We get tired like everybody else. So a contract that’s safer for doctors, would ultimately be safer for patients.

“David Cameron is in full power here. He could make decisions that would end the strike. He could influence the process that’s on-going to make this a safe contract, to make this a fair contract. However, he’s standing back and asking doctors to stop strike action when we have no options left.”

He says doctors will be there to treat people in serious need of medical attention: “This is the same kind of cover that was on on the day of the royal wedding, and we didn’t say that the royal wedding put patients lives at risk. It’s an emergency care model, so there’ll be doctors on the wards, doctors on A&E and on the acute admissions. The wards are staffed to cover emergencies and to cover life-threatening illnesses.”

Meanwhile, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust say they’re expecting minimal disruption from the strike action.

97 out of every 100 appointments will still go ahead, with 178 outpatient appointments being postponed.

13 non-urgent operations have been cancelled, but will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

Mr Kevin Phillips, Chief Medical Officer at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Locally, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust recognises the right of doctors to voice their opinions through industrial action. We are working closely with all parties to ensure contingency plans are in place that enable the continued provision of a high quality and safe service to patients during this period of industrial action.

“Cover will remain in place for all emergency patients, and a number of clinics and operations will continue as planned. However, a number of patients due to attend for routine operations or appointments may be rescheduled where it is clinically safe to do so. We will contact any affected patients as soon as possible.”


Published: Tuesday 12th January 2016 by KCFM

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