We’re Done With it Doctors Strike, States NHS When Doctors go on Strike
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We’re Done With it Doctors Strike, States NHS When Doctors go on Strike

The junior doctors of the NHS have begun the walkout for four days, health officials warning that the NHS can’t take another disruption.

The strike of BMA members British Medical Association (BMA) started at 07:07 BST and continues until Tuesday.

It’s the junior doctors fifth strike of this pay dispute that has been raging in England.

NHS Providers stated that the services were at a tipping point due to junior doctor strikes been estimated to cost PS1bn and led to the postponement of thousands of treatments.

Sir Julian Hartley, chief executive of NHS Providers, which represents hospital administrators, said that he was extremely concerned about the massive disruption expected in this latest strike as well as the two-day walkout of consultants scheduled later in August.

“We could be close to a tipping point,” the official said, adding that “Trusts and staff are pulling out all the stops but, with no end to strikes in sight, the sheer volume of planned treatment being put back due to industrial action will make it almost impossible for trusts to cut waiting lists as much as the government wants.”

 

The PS1bn cost is derived by a loss of productivity, the preparation and preparing for strikes, as well as paying consultants premium rates for cover.

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Doctors in junior positions, which comprise almost half of the medical workforce have been being forced to leave emergency and planned medical care during their strike.

Patients affected by the strikes are encouraged to call NHS 111 or the nearest pharmacy to discuss any minor medical issues, however A&E is open in the event of required.

Individuals will be notified in the event that their appointment needs been rescheduled. The GP appointment and the community appointments are not likely not affected.

The BMA has requested an increase of 35% to compensate the gap it claims have been 15 years of inflation-free wage increases.

The government provided junior doctors with an additional 6%, plus PS1,250 which is an average of almost 9 percent.

 

Ministers have announced that they will not be continuing discussions as this was the final deal and they have agreed to pay for what the independent review body for pay had recommended.

As of now, 780,000 hospital appointments have had be delayed due to strikes by NHS personnel since the end of December.

NHS England said that was an important factor in the increasing number of patients waiting for treatment.

The figures released on Thursday revealed that the backlog of hospital patients had reached 7.5 millions for the very first time which means that more than one in seven are on the waiting list.

One patient hit has been affected is Margaret Gotheridge, 81, from Nottingham She requires her pacemaker replaced.

The appointment was that was cancelled because of the consultants striking in July. She is scheduled to see another doctor on Monday in the junior doctors strike.

 

Instead of assuming the possibility of having it cancelled, she took the decision to pay to be performed privately.

“I couldn’t take the risk,” she told me and added that she was happy doctors lost pay, but she described the pay-demand of 35% being “ridiculous”.

The BMA’s co-chairman of its junior doctors committee called an upcoming session with Dr. Barclay “pointless and irrelevant”.

In an interview on the BBC Radio 4’s Today show this morning Robert Laurenson, a doctor from the UK Radio 4, Robert Laurenson said junior doctors are always willing to discuss about avoiding strikes, but they want any contract to reflect the 31.7 percentage decrease in their pay since the year 2008.

He continued: “What is interesting is the fact that there is an article published this morning that indicated that the cost of this actions so far is approximately PS1bn. This is the amount it would been to settle this back in October of last year.

“So now we are moving into ideological and frankly indignant sort of territory when it comes to dealing with this government.”

The Health Secretary Steve Barclay said: “Patients suffer the brunt of the consequences of strikes that continue to rage throughout the NHS and any further action from the BMA will result in additional appointments, procedures and even surgeries to be delayed.

“My door is always open to discuss how to improve doctors’ working lives but this pay award is final so I urge the BMA to end its strikes immediately.”

BMA President Professor Philip Banfield said blaming doctors for the growing wait list was an “deliberate case of obfuscation”.

He stated: “The government was presiding over this problem for a long time before industrial action was taken – waiting lists were gradually getting longer for the decade prior to the arrival of the pandemic.

“In fact, it is these waiting lists – and doctors being unable to do their jobs because of underinvestment, workforce shortages and rota gaps – that lie behind the strikes they’re being forced to take now.”

He advised the government to go back to the table of negotiations and present an “credible offer”.

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