Strike action a last resort – Hull junior doctor

Published: Tuesday 5th January 2016 by KCFM

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A Hull junior doctor believes the Government is still not taking their concerns seriously after failing to reach an agreement over pay and conditions.

A junior doctors’ strike, which was suspended late last year, could go ahead next Tuesday (Tuesday, January 12) after talks between the British Medical Association and the Government over a new contract broke down.

The British Medical Association says unless progress is made – members will strike and only provide emergency care for 24 hours from 8am.

Dr Matthew Tuck said: “I was hoping, like all the rest of my colleagues, that a deal would be reached and something would come out of negotiations that would be ultimately safe for our patients and fair for us as doctors. That just hasn’t happened.

“It will give none of us any joy or happiness having the strike.”

Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, said: “Every doctor in the BMA is really concerned about the disruption this is going to cause for patient care. But I have to say we do feel the Government has left us no choice in this matter.”

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “We will do everything we can to make sure that patients are safe during any strike action.

“You can’t give any absolute guarantees but we will be doing what it takes to do our very, very best to make sure this isn’t something patients have to worry about.”

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Published: Tuesday 5th January 2016 by KCFM

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