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Junior doctors industrial action: New strike days called for early 2016

Published On: 1 January 2016

Following the suspension of industrial action last month, further discussions between the BMA and NHS Employers, mediated by ACAS, have not resolved the dispute. The BMA has written to Trusts advising of its intention to call for three further periods of strike action, beginning on 12 January.

What are the new strike days?

  • 12 January at 08:00 to 13 January at 08:00 – emergency care provision only
  • 26 January at 08:00 to 28 January at 08:00 – emergency care provision only
  • 10 February at 08:00 to 17:00 – full withdrawal of labour

What is the sticking point in the dispute?

NHS Employers, who have been conducting negotiations on behalf of the Department of Health, summarised the current position in a letter to the Secretary of State on Monday 4 January. The main outstanding issue is that of pay for unsocial hours. Broadly the BMA does not accept that the offer of an 11% pay increase and pay protection adequately recompenses junior doctors for the proposed changes to unsocial hours pay arrangements.

Will further negotiations take place?

Yes – there will be further discussions facilitated by ACAS and Sir David Dalton, Chief Executive of Salford Royal, will take over leadership of the negotiations on behalf of employers. However it seems clear that there will have to be a substantial compromise on the critical issue of pay for unsocial hours, or a climb-down from one side or the other, if strike action is to be averted.

How can we help?

We have prepared detailed guidance on preparing for industrial action, which is available on request from your usual DAC Beachcroft contact. Most Trusts will have prepared fully for the abandoned day of action on 1 December and will be able to refresh those plans. For expert specialist advice on any new issues which might arise, call Guy Bredenkamp, Nick Chronias or Udara Ranasinghe, who will be happy to help. If you would be interested in a webinar or other support to prepare for the action, please click here or call your usual DAC Beachcroft contact.

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