Junior doctors in England announce further strikes next month
It will be their fifth round of strikes in a long-running pay dispute with the government
Health minister Will Quince says the announcement of further strikes is ‘hugely disappointing’. (Image credit: parliament.uk)
JUNIOR doctors in England will walk out for four days from August 11-15, their fifth round of strikes so far in a long-running pay dispute with the government, the British Medical Association (BMA) said on Wednesday (26).
Earlier this month, junior doctors were offered a six per cent pay rise and £1,250 consolidated increase as part of a broader round of public sector pay awards for 2023/24 made by the government in a bid to end months of crippling strikes.
But the BMA, which represents about 45,000 junior doctors in England, said the offer was still a pay cut in real terms and described it as having “missed a huge opportunity.”
Prime minister Rishi Sunak has said it was a final offer and the government will not negotiate again.
“It is not for Rishi Sunak to decide that negotiations are over before he has even stepped in the room. This dispute will end only at the negotiating table,” co-chairs of the BMA junior doctors committee Robert Laurenson and Vivek Trivedi said.
Junior health minister Will Quince said the announcement of further strikes was “hugely disappointing”.
“Our award balances the need to keep inflation in check while recognising the incredibly important work they do. I urge the BMA to put patients first by ending their hugely disruptive strikes immediately,” he said in a statement.