Junior doctors strike action to begin tomorrow

Strike action (image @BMA_JuniorDocs)

Disruption to NHS services in the South East is expected from tomorrow (June 27) as junior doctors get ready to strike again.

The latest strike action will run from 7am on Thursday (27 June) until 7am on Tuesday 2 July, and is set to affect most routine care as the NHS prioritises urgent and emergency care, with consultants stepping in to cover for junior doctors, who make up 50% of the medical workforce.

The British Medical Association says junior doctors want to:

  • achieve full pay restoration to reverse the steep decline in pay faced by junior doctors since 2008/9
  • agree on a mechanism with the Government to prevent any future declines against the cost of living and inflation
  • 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.

Vaughan Lewis, Medical Director for NHS England in the South East, said: “Once again colleagues across the region have stepped-up and worked incredibly hard to ensure urgent and life-saving care will continue throughout the strike action.

“I would urge everyone to please choose NHS services appropriately so that care is available to those who need it the most.

“If you need urgent medical help, please use 111, via the phone, NHS App or online. Please only call 999 or visit A&E in serious or life-threatening emergencies.

“Lastly, on behalf of my colleagues in the South East, I would like to thank you for your continued patience and support during these challenging times.”

Planned and routine non-urgent care is expected to be disrupted during the strikes. If you have a pre-booked NHS appointment, then please attend as planned unless you have been contacted to say that the appointment has been rearranged.

If you or a loved one needs medical help or advice, or you are unsure about whether to go to hospital, then please use NHS 111 online. GP services and pharmacies will also be available for patients and can be accessed in the normal way during the strike action. The NHS will prioritise emergency care and people should continue to use 999 in life threatening emergencies.

10 Comments

  1. if my doctor went on strike it would not make any difference , trying to see her is like trying to get an audience with the pope.

  2. Obviously needing to top up their tans and put away some vitamin D to protect against the W.H.O’s alleged new virulent forms of coronavirus and monkeypox.🙄 Utterly pathetic, greedy little children.

    • Neither vitamin D nor any other vitamin will protect you from a viral infection. These things might tone up your body’s immune system.
      Vaccination will help with coronavirus.

  3. I think their pay is pathetic given how long, expensive and onerous their training is and the responsibilities of the job. These people should be paid properly for their hard-earned skills. Part of the reason for the dire lack of GPs and other doctors is lowered recruitment plus doctors taking their skills abroad.
    I get annoyed at my GP practice as it’s just dire. But don’t think ‘lazy doctors’ is the problem. There just aren’t enough of them by a long chalk. And who would want to join a practice that needs (last time I heard) 7 GPs!? What would await them other than serious overwork, stress and angry, frustrated patients?

    • The government has spent far more on mitigating the effects of junior doctors’ industrial action (eg hiring in very expensive senior consultants to cover) than it would have cost to pat the doctors what they asked for.
      And all they’re asking for is parity and a fair and independent pay body.

  4. The timing of this action is quite strange. There is a General Election in 8 days and a new Government will be formed. Parliament is dissolved at the moment, so there is no possibility of any negotiations until the new administration takes over. Whoever it may be.
    Just seems like unnecessary disruption, all be it for a very worthy cause.

  5. The strike just allows the more experienced junior doctors to go and do more private work. Some might form a picket line for the cameras but aren’t going to be standing around outside all weekend when money to be made elsewhere.

  6. I’ve worked in the NHS for 42 years some of the comments on here talk utter rot. When junior doctors take strike action senior doctors registrars and consultants have to cover the short fall of manpower, on the positive side patients are treated by doctors who have many more years experience than junior doctors.
    The registrars and consultants are already on the NHS payroll so they are in the hospital anyway it just means they can’t bunk off to pamper their private patients as much as they would like to. The evil Conservatives want to disrupt public services in any way they can and in the past 14 years as usual they have done just that. If you vote conservative you vote for evil.

    • And you think it will be better under Starmer,it might to start with but with constraints of government it will be the same, except all strikes by anyone will.he endorsed by the Labour government won’t they

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