Junior doctors urge Government to come to the table as they announce fifth round of strikes 

by BMA media team

Press release from the BMA

Location: UK
Published: Wednesday 26 July 2023
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The BMA junior doctors committee (JDC) has today announced the next round of monthly strike action by junior doctors in England. The four-day walkout will take place between 0700 on Friday 11th August and 0700 on Tuesday 15th August. 

JDC co-chairs Dr Robert Laurenson and Dr Vivek Trivedi said: 

“It should never have got to the point where we needed to announce a fifth round of strike action. Our message today remains the same: act like a responsible government, come to the table to negotiate with us in good faith, and with a credible offer these strikes need not go ahead at all. 

“The Prime Minister has told us that talks are over. But it is not for Rishi Sunak to decide that negotiations are over before he has even stepped in the room. This dispute will end only at the negotiating table. If the PM was hoping to demoralise and divide our profession with his actions, he will be disappointed.  

“Consultants, along with our SAS colleagues, have covered crucial services during our strikes and those same consultants were also on their own picket lines last week. Mutual solidarity has been on display at hospital picket lines up and down the country: this is a profession united in its refusal to accept yet another pay cut. 

“Junior doctors are not going anywhere however much Government might wish we would. The facts have not changed: we have lost more than a quarter of our pay in fifteen years and we are here to get it back.”  

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