British Medical Association suspends planned strike

THE BMA has decided to suspend next week's 48-hour industrial action - the decision comes as Acas talks continue this week between the BMA and the Government on the junior doctor contract.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 19th January 2016, 12:04 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th January 2016, 12:09 pm
Junior doctors during a strike last week
Junior doctors during a strike last week

Commenting on the decision to suspend industrial action, BMA junior doctor committee chair, Dr Johann Malawana, said: “The BMA’s aim has always been to deliver a safe, fair junior doctor contract through negotiated agreement. Following junior doctors’ clear message to the Government during last week’s action, our focus is now on building on early progress made in the current set of talks.

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“On this basis, the BMA has today taken the decision to suspend the industrial action planned for 26-28 January, thereby giving Trusts as much notice as possible so as to avoid disruption to patients.

“It is important to be clear, however, that differences still exist between the BMA and the Government on key areas, including the protection of patient safety and doctor’s working lives, and the recognition of unsocial hours. Significant, concrete progress will need to be made if future action, currently planned for 10 February, is to be averted.”