Junior doctors in England will strike next Tuesday after intensive government talks broke down. The British Medical Association has been battling the government over a proposed new contract since last year.
Representatives of the government and the British Medical Association will re-start talks today to avoid strikes by junior doctors slated to start on Tuesday. The strikes will be the first for decades and army medics are on stand-by to be drafted into hospitals as replacements, should the strikes go ahead.
The NHS is set to be thrown into chaos by strike action after junior doctors voted, in overwhelming fashion, to walk out over the terms of a new contract.
The Labour dominated Welsh government is attempting to poach junior doctors from England as the dispute over their pay and a new contract rumbles on.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has written to 50,000 junior doctors in England outlining plans he says would lead to basic pay increasing by 11%, in an attempt to head of the threat of industrial action. However Hunt has indicated that he also wants to curb other elements such as guaranteed pay rises. Previous attempts to renegotiate a contract for junior doctors had lead to outrage after the junior health workers felt that they would be forced to work more hours for less money.
The average age of maternity staff is increasing. Last year was the first year on record that there were more than 1,000 midwives over the age of 60 working across the UK. With many due for retirement, alarm bells are starting to ring over how the NHS service will continue with such a collapse in numbers of experienced staff.
Junior doctors have marched through London in protest at planned changes to their contracts. It is the latest show of organised anger from the union, which is set to ballot on strike action soon.
Concessions made by the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, in the continuing discussions over a new employment contract for junior doctors, do not appear to have removed the risk of strike action.
The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has guaranteed not to increase junior doctor working hours, in an attempt to head of strike action. A proposed new contract had prompted anger by suggesting that junior doctors would have to take a pay cut while agreeing to work on Saturdays.
The role of junior doctor is not renowned as a career that encourages a laid back working style and an acceptable work life balance, nevertheless, the proposed reforms to junior doctor’s contracts are proving a step too far for some health workers.
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