Junior hospital doctors' strike called off (STOP PRESS)
The "Emergencies-only" work to rule due to start at 8am tomorrow, discount Tuesday 1st December, has been called off by the BMA negotiators. An agreement was reached at the conciliation service ACAS late this evening. The employers and the Government have agreed to withdraw the threat of imposing a contract on the junior hospital doctors in exchange for the lifting of the work to rule tomorrow and further strikes in December, and both sides have agreed to continue negotiating for another month to try to reach agreement on the terms of the new contract.
NHS employers agreed to extend the timeframe for the BMA to commence any industrial action by four weeks to 5pm on 13 January 2016 to allow negotiations to progress. But if "meaningful progress" has not been made by then the threat of industrial action remains.
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).
Imperial Consultants back Junior Hospital Doctors
Friday 27th November 2015 Evening Standard and on-line
Lord Robert Winston among 321 Imperial consultants to back junior doctors
Lord Winston, the world-renowned fertility expert, was today among more than 300 consultants at one of the UK’s biggest NHS trusts to give their public backing to junior doctors.
As talks resumed at Acas this morning in a bid to avert three days of strikes due to start next Tuesday, senior clinicians at Imperial College Healthcare criticised the Government for a “lack of understanding” over its proposed imposition of new junior doctor contracts.
A total of 321 Imperial consultants signed a letter to the trust’s junior doctors, vowing to ensure that patient safety is maintained in the event of any walkout and telling them: “You have our full understanding and practical and moral support.”
The letter is signed by some of the most eminent clinicians working in the NHS, including Lord Winston, a professor of science and society and emeritus professor of fertility studies, cardiologist Professor Petros Nihoyannopoulos, kidney expert Professor Charles Pusey and cancer surgeon Professor Nagy Habib.
Another signatory, paediatric consultant Dr Bernie Borgstein, told the Standard that she had never seen the medical profession so united in her 34 years as a doctor.
“I have heard some people say it’s unethical for doctors to strike,” she said. “I think it’s unethical for them not to in a situation where there is a long-term threat to patient safety. In my mind, it’s a form of whistle blowing.”
The letter states: “We would like to publicly register our concern regarding the new contract and its impact on junior doctor morale, clinical and academic training and retention, patients safety and the very future of medical research and of the NHS.”
Dr Antonio de Marvao, a junior doctor who helped to organise the letter, said: “At such a difficult time it is crucial to know that we can count on the strong support from our consultants and to know that they will ensure our patients will remain safe.
“It should also be a reality check to the Department of Health when such a large number of experienced clinicians and distinguished academics stand with their juniors in saying that this new contract is unfair, unsafe and unworkable.”
If the Acas talks fail, junior doctors are due to walk out for 24 hours from 8am next Tuesday – though not in emergency departments – and between 8am-5pm on December 8 and 16.
Junior hospital doctors protest central London - 17th October 2015
This was the view looking down on 20, buy viagra 000 protesters - 90% junior doctors - filling Waterloo Place at the south end of Regent Street on Saturday mid-afternoon. It was so packed that you could hardly squeeze between the shoulders of the young men and women, ampoule a sea of NHS blue placards held aloft.
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We heard British Medical Association Chair Dr Malawana explain that government proposals threaten pay cuts of 30% for some, with "normal hours" defined as 7.00 - 22.00 every day but Sunday. We learned that following Jeremy Hunt's decision to impose a contract the BMA has voted to ballot its junior members for industrial action.
We saw what a misleading term "junior doctors" is - the dispute affects all hospital doctors who are not consultants and many medics yesterday were spending a precious Saturday off with their children demonstrating to defend the already limited family time off they have. The chants made it clear this was a dispute about the quality of NHS care as well as pay and hours and the slogans were witty: "NHS - Not Hunt's Slaves" "We're not Witches Stop the Hunt" "We need to talk about Jeremy".
Lots of medics and students from Imperial were there and hopefully links are being made that will strengthen the side of all those committed to our local NHS.
The current STP is the Oct 2016 version. In January 2017 the finance spreadsheets and the Delivery Plan were obtained by FOI. They reveal job cuts of 8,000, outpatients cuts of 222K, planned admissions cuts of 50K and A&E admissions cuts of 64K cumulatively by 2020/21. 500-600 beds will be cut by end March 2021.
People's Inquiry into NW London NHS - commission chaired by Michael Mansfield QC
The Inquiry's findings have been published on Wednesday 2nd December 2015. The full report can be accessed here.
“Deeply flawed hospital plans must be halted immediately” says Michael Mansfield QC
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