Junior doctors’ strikes: BMA responds to your questions

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 21 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5113
  1. Tom Moberly
  1. BMJ Careers

Ellen McCourt, chair of the BMA’s Junior Doctors Committee, replies to questions from The BMJ’s readers and junior doctors about the upcoming strike action in England

Ellen McCourt, chair of BMA’s Junior Doctors Committee

What would it take for the BMA to call off the five day strike planned for October?

Ellen McCourt: “Future action is still avoidable. Put simply, we have repeatedly said we will call off further action if the government calls a halt to its plans to force junior doctors to work under a contract they rejected because they don’t believe it is good for the future of patient care or the profession.”

What specifically in the wording of the current contract document does the BMA want to see changed?

“We know that junior doctors still have significant concerns with the contract, including the impact it will have on those working less than full time—a majority of whom are women—and the impact it will have on junior doctors working the most weekends, typically in specialties where there is already a shortage of doctors. These are just two areas we want to …

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