Joint statement on the Junior Doctors' series of 5 day strikes

Responding to the announcement by the BMA of a series of five days of strike action by junior doctors commencing on 12 September the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) made the following statement:

“At a time when the NHS is under increasing pressure we believe that our collective focus should be on the lack of resources and consequent low morale at the centre of this dispute. Junior doctors are under resourced, under staffed and over stretched. We fully recognise that there is still genuine concern among junior doctors about the new contract but are very concerned that such strikes could impact significantly on patient care. 

“We call on the BMA and government, once again, to focus their attention on the fundamental issues that still divide them and step away from the cycle of confrontation that is damaging to all parties. We urge both sides to negotiate urgently to reach a settlement to avoid escalating this damaging dispute.

“As stated previously, we are confident all trainee colleagues will weigh up carefully the implications for patient welfare, the standing of the profession, the long term interest of the NHS and the justice of their cause, when considering their personal position. Whatever their decision we hope that mutual respect between those who are for or against strike action will prevail. At a time of stress and uncertainty we would recommend all members refer to our previous welfare statement.”

Dr Paul A Clyburn - President Elect, Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland
Dr Liam Brennan - President, Royal College of Anaesthetists
Dr Anna Batchelor - Dean, Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine

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