Junior doctors guide to industrial action in England

Re-ballot for junior doctor strike action

Updated: Friday 16 February 2024

Our re-ballot of junior doctors in England is to extend our mandate for industrial action, and provide us with a mandate for action short of strike (ASOS), an additional form of industrial action to effectively sustain pressure.

A trade union ballot requires a turnout of 50% of those eligible to vote in order to be considered to have support for industrial action.

A successful vote results in a mandate for industrial action that lasts for six months.

In February 2023 we held an initial ballot. Members voted again to extend our mandate for industrial action in a first re-ballot in August 2023. We now need to re-ballot members to extend our mandate period from 3 April 2024 to 19 September 2024.

Voting in the re-ballot

Who can vote

All BMA junior doctor members employed by NHS organisations are eligible to vote. See our full guidance on who can vote and take part in industrial action.

The meaning of your vote

Your vote in the ballot indicates whether or not you support industrial action but does not commit you to action. The decision to take action is an individual choice.

Everybody who we are balloting may take action. We are not balloting those members who are not eligible to take action - for example, armed forces doctors.

Receiving your ballot

Eligible members should have now received their ballot paper. If you have not receive your ballot paper then please check your details are up to date in MyBMA and request a replacement.

Receiving a ballot in error

Please let us know by filling out our ballot sent in error form or by email. It is essential you let us know if you have received a ballot in error. This is so we can remove you from our system so your ballot does not count against us reaching the necessary threshold for a successful ballot.

Opting out if you're away from work

You will need to contact the BMA and opt out of the ballot if you are away for the whole mandate period from 3 April 2024 to 19 September 2024. This includes if you are on maternity leave.

However, if you are returning within the mandate period (3 April 2024 to 19 September 2024), you are still eligible to vote.

Opting out if you are no longer a junior doctor

You will need to contact the BMA and opt out of the ballot if you are due to obtain your CCT and start a consultant/GP post on or before 3 April 2024.

If you are, or expect to be, a junior doctor for even one day of the mandate period (3 April 2024 to 19 September 2024), including if you will be in your period of grace, you are eligible to vote.

Still have questions?

If you can't find the information you need in this guide, send us your questions here and we will add the answers to these pages.

 

Or contact our member relations team at [email protected] if you have a question about your personal circumstances.