AAGBI response to contract imposition on Junior Doctors in England

The AAGBI and RCoA acknowledge the result of the BMA ballot of junior doctors in support of industrial action in England. While we continue to urge a return to negotiations facilitated by independent conciliation and arbitration as emphasised in the recent Academy of Medical Royal Colleges statement at www.aomrc.org.uk, with the first day of action imminent, we offer our Fellows and Members the following advice.

Maintenance of patient safety is of paramount importance and we refer you to the GMC guidance, which that details the responsibilities for doctors taking industrial action www.gmc-uk.org/news/28249.asp. The BMA has also published detailed guidance, we recommend that all Fellows and Members read these documents in advance of the proposed dates for industrial action, particularly as this will be the first experience for most colleagues of working under these circumstances.

It will be for each department of anaesthesia/critical care/pain management to decide on the prioritisation of clinical duties with relevant partner specialties and hospital management on each day of action. Some hospitals are discussing exempt or protected clinical areas with their local negotiating committees where industrial action will not apply and these may include aspects of our specialties’ spheres of working. Any such arrangements must be agreed by both sides;  junior doctors must not be put under any pressure to work other than in accordance with BMA Advice or local agreement. We advise you to fully acquaint yourselves with the agreed local working patterns in advance of the planned days of action to ensure that patient safety and continuity of care is maintained whilst working within your own areas of clinical competence.

We are aware that the current dispute is unprecedented in the experience of most practising doctors and that many colleagues are finding the current situation particularly stressful and hence we refer you to our earlier joint welfare statement here.

Download the AAGBI and RCoA joint statement here

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