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British Medical Association Announces Suspension of Five-Day Strike

The British Medical Association has called off a five-day strike scheduled for next week on Monday, following a revolt from everyday healthcare workers. There were massive worries among health professionals about the impact that the strike would have on patients and the health service. Widespread protest was likely, with sentiment within the NHS workforce beginning...

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Royal College of General Practitioners Voices Support for Junior Doctors

The Royal College of General Practitioners has indicated that it will fully support junior doctors over imminent industrial action. Junior doctors will stage an unprecedented five-day walkout over the imposition of what they consider to be unreasonable contractual terms. Other major organisations have been critical of the mooted strike, with the Academy of Medical Royal...

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Senior Doctors Speak Out Over Junior Doctor Dispute

Senior doctors are urging the government and junior doctors to restart negotiations to avoid a series of five-day strikes in England, as the issue threatens to tear apart the top medical organisations in the UK. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, which represents 22 royal colleges, stated that “five days of strike action, particularly at...

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David Dalton and the Department of Health Challenge Strike Justification

Sir David Dalton and the Department of Health have challenged one of the BMA’s key justifications for the mooted NHS strikes. Dalton, the chief executive of Salford Royal Foundation Trust who led negotiations for the government, commented that the BMA had, in fact, produced a document outlining plans for seven day services. “I was very...

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Junior Doctors to Take Five-Day Strike Action BMA States

The BMA has announced that junior doctors are set to take five-day continuous strike action this month over the imposition of the contract by health secretary Jeremy Hunt. BMA Council met today and decided to authorise a full withdrawal of labour for five days, between the hours of 8am and 5pm from Monday 12 September...

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Prestigious Nursing Magazines Join Bursary Fight

Three of the leading nursing magazines in Britain have joined forces to condemn the plans of the government to scrap bursaries for nursing students. Nursing in Practice, Nursing Times and Nursing Standard have collaborated in penning an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May. The three publications believe that the incumbent prime minister must reconsider...

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GPC to Inform LMCs on Industrial Action Imminently

The GPC has indicated that it intends to contact LMCs as early as next week regarding decisions on whether or not to ballot doctors on potential mass resignations. This revolutionary and controversial action will reach its three-month deadline at the end of next week. Commenting on the issue, GPC deputy chair Dr Richard Vautrey indicated...

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Government Prepares to Impose Contract on Junior Doctors

Despite the rejection of a contract brokered by the British Medical Association, NHS Employers and the government by 58% of BMA members, it seems likely that the government will ultimately impose the contractual terms on junior doctors anyway. Reports in the media have already indicated that ministers are making preparations to impose the contract on...

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BMA Believes it Faces Uphill Struggle to Convince Junior Doctors on New Deal

Leaders in the British Medical Association believe that it will be extremely difficult to convince junior doctors to accept the new contract that has been agreed with government ministers. The two sides finally brokered a deal on Wednesday after talks with the conciliation service Acas. Over 40,000 British Medical Association members will now vote on...

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