STATEMENT ON JUNIOR DOCTORS' STRIKE
TO OUR FELLOW NHS WORKERS, TRADE UNIONISTS AND CAMPAIGNERS
On Tuesday 1st December it is likely that Junior Doctors across the UK will commence industrial action against the Governments continued threat of imposition of an unsafe new Contract.
This industrial action is the last resort for junior doctors in an attempt to prevent the Imposition of a contract that we feel would jeopardize the profession, patient care and the NHS for a generation.
This is not a decision that has been taken lightly and Doctors have united in the hope that this action will protect the NHS for future generations.
Our ballot result of 98% for strike action means that Junior doctors in England have given the BMA a huge mandate to proceed.
Over the last few weeks I have met many of you as individuals or as members of your organisations and on occasion have had the opportunity to speak alongside you at events. As one of the co-ordinators for the imminent strike action in north London the last few days have been incredibly busy and are getting busier still.
I apologise profusely if I have not had the chance to return some of your calls or email in time. It is highly unlikely that I will be able to respond in the next few days either. We still have a logistical mountain to climb!
I am also aware that many of you have had some fruitful contact with other BMA junior doctor’s representatives and activists. This is excellent.
On behalf of the entire BMA we thank you all for your solidarity.
I write to inform you of a few details with regards to the planned action and to invite you to come out and display your support for us on the days of action.
The action will begin with an emergency care-only model, which would see junior doctors provide the same level of service that happens in their given specialty, hospital or GP practice on Christmas Day. It will then escalate to full walk-outs. The action as proposed is:
Emergency care only — from 8am, Tuesday 1 December to 8am Wednesday 2 December
Full withdrawal of junior doctors' labour — from 8am to 5pm, Tuesday 8 December
Full withdrawal of junior doctors' labour — from 8am to 5pm, Wednesday 16 December.
The aim is to picket all major hospitals in England on all three days of proposed action. This means that most major district general hospitals will be included. Pickets will be in the vicinity of the main entrances and will start at 8am, continuing until at least 12.30pm. However, many picket sites will continue into the evening, especially at the larger hospitals.
Please see below for a list of the major hospitals in London. I include the nearest Tube stop to each. Along with the pickets there will be parallel “Meet The Doctors” events at these tube stations as well as nearby public spaces. We will direct you to these public spaces from the picket.
You may have read recently of the ACAS conciliation process which has begun. Our key requirement for a return to negotiation is that Hunt must abandon “imposition”.
Please turn up on the days of action, and give us your support. We will then inform you if other local events are planned on the day. If you are an allied health worker, trade unionist, or campaigner please do consider bringing along the banner representing your organisation, your working uniform or similar. We would appreciate it however if banners in explicit endorsement of specific political parties are not displayed and that any selling of campaign literature such as newspapers is discreet.
On the days of action, please do debate us, educate us and invite us to address your colleagues in your workplace or trade union branch.
In London, Junior doctors will be striking at the following hospitals (as well as at other smaller hospitals within the capital). I list only the London hospitals as this is the geographical area of my involvement. As mentioned at the start of this email. Almost any hospital of any size in England will have a picket and a local event taking place.
St Bartholomew’s Hospital (St Pauls tube)
The Royal London Hospital (Whitechapel tube)
Homerton University Hospital (Homerton Overground)
Whipps Cross University Hospital (Walthamstow Central and Leytonstone
Newham University Hospital
Queen’s Hospital (Romford rail station)
King George (Ilford tube)
Great Ormond Street, (Russel Sq Tube and Holborn Tube)
St Marys, (Paddington Tube)
Northwick Park, (Northwick Park Met line)
North Middlesex (Silver St station)
Barnet, (High Barnet tube)
Royal Free, (Belsize Park tube, Hampstead Heath Overground)
UCH, (Euston Station/tube, Euston Square tube, Warren St tube)
Whittington (Archway tube)
St Georges (Tooting)
St Thomas' (Waterloo)
Guys (London Bridge)
Kings College Hospital (Denmark Hill)
kind regards and Solidarity,
Dr Yannis Gourtsoyannis, BMA Junior Doctors Committee