Residents start new strike over dispute over pay
Unior doctors in England are set to stage a 72-hour strike next month as part of their longstanding dispute over pay.
Members of the BMA will leave office from 7am on June 14 after the government failed to make a “credible salary offer”, it said.
Vivek Trivedi and Dr. Robert Laurenson, co-chair of the BMA Junior Doctors Committee, said: “Since the strikes in April, we have negotiated with the Government for three weeks to reach an agreement that fully restores junior doctor salaries after the more than 26 strikes. “ % decrease they have suffered in the last 15 years.
“We entered these talks in good faith, hoping that after months of ministers refusing to meet, we would finally see a genuine offer on the table that would avoid the need for further industrial action and stop the bleeding out of young doctors.” NHS.
“In that time we have received an offer that is in no way credible or even reasonable given where we are in the negotiation process.
“We have made it clear from the outset that the talks require an acknowledgment of the extent of our wage erosion.
“There was no such recognition.
“We have made proposals showing our willingness to be creative and work with government to reverse our wage erosion.
“Ultimately, however, the government simply would not accept the basic reality of the pay cuts faced by young doctors.
“That became apparent when they finally made their 5% salary offer.
“Not only is that by no means a solution to the wage declines of the past 15 years, it would not even have matched inflation this year.”
The BMA said that despite its strike announcement, it expects to meet Health Secretary Steve Barclay for talks on Wednesday.
A Government spokesman said: “It is both surprising and deeply disappointing that the BMA Junior Doctors Committee has announced further strike action while constructive talks were underway.” This will be hugely disruptive for patients and will put pressure on other NHS staff.
“We made a fair and reasonable opening offer and have been in active discussions on salary and non-payment issues.
“Unfortunately, the BMA does not seem willing to deviate significantly from its unaffordable main payment demands.
“The government has made it clear that strikes must be suspended while talks take place. Although the BMA has decided to end our current talks, we remain ready to continue them at any time if the strikes are called off.”
Saffron Cordery, deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, said: “It is extremely disappointing that talks between the government and doctors’ unions have once again collapsed.
“We now face the deeply worrying prospect of another 72-hour strike by young doctors over the next month.
“As with previous strikes by young doctors, this will result in significant disruption to patient care.
“We understand that young doctors feel they have been brought to this point by factors such as sub-inflationary pay increases and severe staffing shortages.
“Trust leaders will be working flat out to minimize disruption to strike dates, but a quick national resolution is needed to end the strike.”
“With the young doctors’ actions now confirmed for next month, their threats of more strikes in the summer, and radiologists, nurses and consultants also voting for industrial action, it is vital to have serious talks between the government and the unions, to resolve these ongoing disputes and prevent further disruption to NHS services.”
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