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21 JULY 2016 JUNIOR DOCTORS WIN RIGHT TO GO TO JUDICIAL REVIEW
Hunt raises amount needed to cover costs of case.
Read more here about the junior doctors Justice for Health campaign. IMG_0042

5 JULY 2016 : JUNIOR DOCTORS REJECT CONTRACT Read more here


 

STRIKE DAYS APRIL 26 & 27: WITHDRAWAL OF EMERGENCY COVER

In pictures – including the Lewisham picket line bake-off! The bake-off, judged by Tamal, the BBC Bake off finalist provided an entertaining and involving focus for doctors, nurses, hospital staff and community. The Bake Off raised £500 for our campaign funds – thanks very much!


Excellent interview from Lewisham Junior Doctor Amar Mashru on BBC24 sums up the current situation
https://youtu.be/AGRY6ODlmnw

Video from Junior Doctor at Lewisham Hospital


 

AN UNPRECEDENTED MOVE IN HISTORY OF NHS, HUNT IMPOSES DOCTORS’ CONTRACT
See http://oneprofession.bma.org.uk/for the story so far and press statement from Junior Doctors.

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48 HOUR STRIKE 9 AND 10 MARCH 2016
Once again there was a great atmosphere on the picket line despite the rain on the first day. Excellent support from junior doctors and campaigners.


EMERGENCY DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE DEPT OF HEALTH 10.2.16


JUNIOR DOCTORS’ INDUSTRIAL ACTION 10 FEBRUARY 2016
For good will reasons the second day of industrial action was called off. However no further progress was made on the key issue of Saturday working. Therefore a second day of industrial action went ahead on 10 February. The Lewisham junior doctors were supported by nurses in training who left their posts for a limited time, consultants, GPs, ambulance staff, Lewisham Pensioners Forum, up to 40 Save Lewisham Hospital campaigners, political organisations and community members.  The picket continued for most of the day


JUNIOR DOCTORS DEMONSTRATION 6 FEBRUARY 2016 – PHOTOS FROM BARRY STILL


JUNIOR DOCTORS’ FIRST DAY OF INDUSTRIAL ACTION 12 JAN SUPPORTED BY CAMPAIGN AND COMMUNITY


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PUBLIC MEETING THURSDAY 21 JANUARY AT LESSOF AUDITORIUM, LEWISHAM HOSPITAL
A JOINT MEETING WITH THE JUNIOR DOCTORS, LEWISHAM BMA AND OUR CAMPAIGN
This was a unique meeting with a platform consisting of junior doctors, trainee OT, senior nursing sister, consultants, GP, and Pensioners Forum speaker.

 

BMA STATEMENT ON BREAKDOWN OF TALKS 4 JANUARY 2016
The BMA re-entered talks with NHS Employers and the Department of Health in December around the junior doctors’ contract dispute. Following receipt of the government’s final offer, those talks ended this afternoon and, regrettably, without the significant progress we were seeking. As a result, junior doctors in England will be taking industrial action for the first time in 40 yearsToday we have written to trusts across England informing them of junior doctors’ intention to take industrial action on the following dates:

8am, Tuesday 12 January to 8am, Wednesday 13 January – emergency care only
8am, Tuesday 26 January to 8am Thursday 28 January – emergency care only
8am to 5pm, Wednesday 10 February – full withdrawal of labour

We have done our utmost to avert this situation. We entered talks in good faith, talks which only came about following our invitation to involve Acas. We came prepared to negotiate in the best interests of the profession and of patients. Sadly that intention does not appear to be shared by the governmeOur message to the government could not have been clearer, yet they have chosen to misinterpret and misconstrue our intentions. Fairness, safety and quality have always been at the heart of the argument. We returned to talks with an open mind and a hope that, at last, the government would recognise the contract talks for what they always could have been – a once-in-a-decade opportunity to improve patient care. It is an opportunity which the government has spurned. And it has done nothing to rebuild the trust it has squandered with the medical professiNo junior doctor wants to cause disruption to their patients. But sometimes, there are no good choices, just choices that are less harmful than others. The greatest harm would come from accepting a contract that undermines the quality of patient care and the safety of doctors. The action the junior doctors are taking is for all doctors, and for all. Further information on industrial action can be found at oneprofession.bma.org.uk

BMA SUSPENDS INDUSTRIAL ACTION TO BEGIN ‘MEANINGFUL NEGOTIATIONS’
Read BMA statement here

JUNIOR DOCTORS VOTED IN FAVOUR OF INDUSTRIAL ACTION
98% OF A 76% TURNOUT
TEXT OF OUR LEAFLET WHY OUR CAMPAIGN SUPPORTS THE JUNIOR DOCTORS

Junior doctors are the backbone of the NHS The term “junior” is misleading – in fact the majority have many years’ experience and constitute the main medical workforce in our hospitals. They are the doctors who tend to you if you are admitted to hospital day or night, 24/7. This government is treating them shabbily. It wants to impose a new contract on them and refuses to negotiate. The doctors reject the new contract— it is both unsafe and unfair. Unsafe because it removes the safeguards against doctors being forced to work excessively long hours, which will increase risk to patients. Unfair because for many doctors it will mean pay cuts and/or even longer antisocial hours. 98% have voted for strike action in a 76% turnout Junior doctors view striking as a last resort but they have been given no choice. The Government has refused to listen to them, refuses to negotiate without preconditions and threatens to impose its contract. So consultants will back their “juniors” by providing emergency care to ensure patients are not harmed. If the junior doctors lose this battle then it will be harder to recruit to specialties like A&E which already suffer a serious shortage of doctors. Those who remain will be working more antisocial hours and be more tired; many may leave the NHS. If the junior doctors lose this battle then the Government will come for the nurses and other NHS staff next. The junior doctors are now in the front line They are defending a high quality NHS – one that is run by well-supported staff who are able to give of their best when caring for you. We urge you to support our junior doctors and to support all NHS staff and the future of our NHS.

 Pictures from leafleting outside Lewisham Hospital – campaigners and junior doctors united

 

Junior doctors are the backbone of the NHS

 

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