BMA press releases archive

BMA suspends next week's planned industrial action

(issued Tuesday 19 Jan 2016)

BMA suspends next week's planned industrial action

The BMA has decided to suspend next week’s 48-hour industrial action1. The decision comes as Acas talks continue this week between the BMA and the government on the junior doctor contract. 

Commenting on the decision to suspend industrial action, BMA junior doctor committee chair, Dr Johann Malawana, said:

“The BMA’s aim has always been to deliver a safe, fair junior doctor contract through negotiated agreement.  Following junior doctors’ clear message to the Government during last week’s action, our focus is now on building on early progress made in the current set of talks.

“On this basis, the BMA has today taken the decision to suspend the industrial action planned for 26-28 January, thereby giving Trusts has much notice as possible so as to avoid disruption to patients.

“It is important to be clear, however, that differences still exist between the BMA and the Government on key areas, including the protection of patient safety and doctor’s working lives and the recognition of unsocial hours.  Significant, concrete progress will need to be made if future action, currently planned for 10 February, is to be averted.” 

ENDS

Notes to editors
The British Medical Association (BMA) is the voice of doctors and medical students in the UK.
We are an apolitical professional organisation and independent trade union, representing doctors and medical students from all branches of medicine across the UK and supporting them to deliver the highest standards of care.
1. Industrial action planned for next week would have seen emergency care only provided between 8am Tuesday, 26 January and 8am Thursday, 28 January
2. More information the junior doctor contract is available here
: http://www.bma.org.uk/working-for-change/in-depth-junior-and-consultant-contract/ddrb-recommendations-analysis-for-juniors/ia-faq

For further information please contact:
British Medical Association
BMA House
Tavistock Square
London
WC1H 9JP
For out-of-hours press enquiries telephone : 020 7383 6254
Email : mediaoffice@bma.org.uk
http://bma.org.uk/mediacentre
http://twitter.com/thebma
http://www.youtube.com/bmatv
http://www.flickr.com/thebma