Junior doctors in Nottingham have joined colleagues around the country on the picket line in an unprecedented all-out strike to protest new contracts from the government.
The strike took place between 8am and 5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday (April 26 and April 27).
Junior doctors are protesting against the contract being imposed on them by the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, which they believe will put patient lives at risk.
More than 100,000 appointments have been cancelled and consultants, middle-grade doctors and nurses have been drafted in to cover emergency care.
Video: Xander Carey – Junior doctors want to negotiate.
“WE DON’T NEED VASECTOMIES ON A SATURDAY MORNING OR ROUTINE VARICOSE VEIN OPERATIONS ON A SUNDAY EVENING.”
QMC junior doctor Xander Carey said: “We keep imploring Jeremy Hunt to come back to the negotiating table.
“This contract is unsafe for patients and unfair for doctors. It wants to put routine healthcare on the weekend.
“We don’t need vasectomies on a Saturday morning or routine varicose vein operations on a Sunday evening.
“What we need is to properly fund our good emergency NHS and make it even better.”
Video: Rachel Stevens – Pay Disputes, not an issue.
The government wants to implement this contract so they can meet their manifesto pledge of an NHS that operates 24/7.
Jeremy Hunt said the BMA’s decision to strike is “disappointing” .
On Monday (25 April), Jeremy Hunt gave a statement to Parliament on 24/7 NHS services and the impact of industrial action by junior doctors. He also wrote a second letter to Mark Porter to emphasize that fact that the offer to negotiate was still on the table.
According to the junior doctors it is not an issue of pay but the fact that the NHS is already understaffed and over-worked.
The ball now lies in the court of the British Medical Association (BMA) and its committee of junior doctors who will meet on Saturday (May 30) to plan their next move.
Video: Joanne Pattinson – Contracts unfair for junior doctors
The government is remaining firm on its position and so are the junior doctors. Many of them are threatening to leave the already over-stretched NHS if Jeremy Hunt and the BMA fail to come to an agreement.
The government has made what it has termed its “best and final” offer but the stalemate continues with more strikes threatened.
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