Junior Doctors are striking for 96 hours this week, the action started this morning at 7 am.
The BMA said:
Junior doctors in the NHS in England are taking strike action in 2023 to:
- to achieve full pay restoration to reverse the steep decline in pay faced by junior doctors since 2008/9
- to agree on a mechanism with the Government to prevent any future declines against the cost of living and inflation
- to reform the DDRB (Doctors’ and Dentists’ Review Body) process so pay increases can be recommended independently and fairly to safeguard the recruitment and retention of junior doctors.
Fighting for pay restoration
Junior doctors have experienced a cut of more than 25% to their salaries since 2008/09. The lack of investment in wages by the Government has made it harder to recruit and retain junior doctors. This puts further pressure on the NHS and makes it harder to deliver care to the standards expected by professionals.
The Government continues to refuse to negotiate with the BMA on junior doctor pay restoration leaving us with no choice but to call for a NHS junior doctors’ strike. BMA Council has endorsed a proposal from the junior doctors committee for an escalated programme of industrial action by junior doctors in England, which began with a full 72-hour walkout in March.
‘The British Medical Association (BMA) and Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA) have confirmed that their members will be taking part in Industrial Action at the Trust from 7am on Tuesday 11 April until 7am on Saturday 15 April in the form of a strike.
‘Throughout any Industrial Action, patient safety remains our key focus and teams are working hard to ensure that we prioritise those patients who require emergency treatment.
‘Due to the expected reduction in staff across our hospitals, appointments will be affected. We will contact you if your appointment or procedure needs to be changed or rescheduled due to the strike action. If we have not contacted you, please attend as planned.
‘Our emergency services remain open and you should continue to come forward as normal in emergency and life-threatening cases – when someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk.
@westbridgfordwirenews The four-day strike of Junior Doctors started at 7 am today 11 April – this is the early picket line outside Nottingham’s QMC hospital . #nottingham #nottinghamshire #westbridgford #fyp #foryoupage #emergencyservices #juniordoctorstrikes #juniordoctorsstrikes #juniordoctor ♬ original sound – West Bridgford Wire News
‘Where the situation is not life-threatening, alternative support will be available through NHS111 online or by calling 111.