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Junior doctors’ strike: BMA totally irresponsible – Jeremy Hunt

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has accused the British Medical Association (BMA) of being “totally irresponsible” over a lengthy industrial dispute.

The doctors’ union had refused to sit down and talk about improving patient care and had spread “misinformation”, he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show. Mr Hunt wants to change junior doctors’ contracts, which he says are “unfair”.

The BMA said its door was open to talks and blamed the strikes on Mr Hunt’s “shambolic mishandling” of the matter.

Click on the link to read and hear part of the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show in which Andrew Marr read out junior doctors’ concerns for Jeremy Hunt to respond to

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35515732

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Junior doctors and their supporters staged a “masked march” protest in London

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Junior doctors row: David Cameron asks doctors to call off strike

David Cameron has urged junior doctors to call off their planned strike.

He warned Tuesday’s strike will cause “real difficulties for patients and potentially worse”. The strike begins across England at 08:00 GMT, from when junior doctors will only provide emergency care.

Talks between the doctors’ union – the BMA – and NHS bosses continue. The BMA has said the strikes “demonstrated the strength of feeling amongst the profession”. Issues being disputed by the BMA and NHS include weekend pay and whether there are appropriate safeguards in place to stop hospitals over-working doctors.

Three strikes are set to take place from:

  • 08:00 Tuesday 12 January to 08:00 Wednesday 13 January (emergency care will be staffed)
  • 08:00 Tuesday 26 January to 08:00 Thursday 28 January (emergency care will be staffed)
  • 08:00 to 17:00 Wednesday 10 February (full walk-out)

Click on the link to read more

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35280399

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Planned strike action by health workers suspended after talks breakthrough

Planned strikes by health workers in a dispute over pay have been suspended after a breakthrough in talks. Members of Unison, the GMB and Unite were due to walk out in England and Northern Ireland on Thursday, and again next month, in protest at the government’s refusal to accept a recommended 1% wage rise for all NHS staff. Extensive talks between union leaders and officials at the Department of Health led to fresh proposals, which will now be put to workers. The offer is believed to include a consolidated 1% payment for staff up to senior level and an additional £200 consolidated payment for lower-paid staff. The first point on the pay scale will be abolished and the second raised to £15,100.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/27/health-workers-strikes-supended-talks-breakthrough

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NHS health workers on an official picket line at the Basingstoke and North Hampshire hospital last year. More action was planned for this week. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

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Healthcare strikes have worked before – could they save the NHS? written by Dr NEIL SINGH

Today is the first NHS strike since action over pay 32 years ago; health workers at the frontline know that if they do not act soon, the NHS will decompensate and fail.

Click on the link to read

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2014/10/healthcare-strikes-have-worked-could-they-save-nhs?

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