Supporting Junior Doctors

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I met some brilliant junior doctors today at the Whittington Hospital who have been forced to strike due to this Tory Government's disastrous handling of Junior Doctors' contracts.

The Government's current approach is completely the wrong way forward and that they should work with the BMA and junior doctors to find a fair agreement that avoids the threat of industrial action.

Junior doctors are vital to the future of the NHS and it is clear that if we want to move toward a seven-day NHS and improve patient care we need to ensure that the staff we rely on are supported and valued. 

So it is deeply concerning that the BMA have described the proposed contract as 'unsafe and unfair' and that the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have stated that this could be 'gravely damaging to the health and wellbeing of children' and 'adversely affect recruitment, retention and the morale' of junior doctors.

I also fear that, rather than addressing the real strains our NHS is currently facing, the Government are punishing staff for their own financial mismanagement of the NHS.

I have made an urgent representation to Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health urging him to withdraw the threat of imposing these new contracts and re-engage in a meaningful dialogue with the BMA and NHS staff. The Government must accept that compromise is necessary to reach a fair settlement and come forward with a better deal that ensures patient safety is not put at risk.

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commented 2016-01-18 10:29:26 +0000
Many thanks for your good sense.
It is not sensible to say that junior doctors as a group will work more unsocial hours for the same total fund and be better off. If this is forced through it is bound to have an effect on recruitment and the future cost and efficiency of the NHS. If there is a secret agenda to make way for privatising the NHS then recruitment crises with nurses and doctors together with inadequate funding will ‘demonstrate’ that the NHS does not work and in comes the private companies to a re-run of the PFI disaster. The NHS makes a huge contribution to the quality of life in the UK and costs less than in any other Western country. We must not let it be hazarded.

Catherine West MP

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