Support Junior Hospital Doctors strike: Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals at 8am on Tuesday 1st December

 

Junior Doctors are set to take a first day of industrial action on Tuesday 1st December  providing emergency cover only after a ballot with a 75% turn out and a 98% majority for action. This is unprecedented in the history of the NHS and a marker of the level of anger and concern over the potential imposition of new contracts.

 

These contracts threaten patient safety through a combination of longer hours and less pay leading inevitably to exhaustion, discount staff recruitment & retention problems and a higher incidence of medical errors. The government had seemed keen to use this dispute as an opportunity to "act tough"

 

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt consistently refused to negotiate with the British Medical Association at the conciliation service ACAS. Finally he has agreed to do so but at present the BMA say the strike is still on. No one should under estimate the difficulty for doctors of voting to take industrial action. They need and deserve our support. Further action is planned for 8th & 16th December.

 

SOH Lobby in support of Junior Doctors Tues 1st Dec 8 - 10am outside CX and Hammersmith Hospitals    (assuming industrial action is still on after ACAS talks).