HCSA junior doctors in England will strike in a full walkout from 7am on 20th September until 7am on 23rd September following the government's ongoing failure to address pay restoration. A further three dates have also been announced from 2nd October.
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This follows an overwhelming 96.5 per cent Yes vote by HCSA junior doctors to continue striking into 2024 in a re-ballot in July.
Announcing the strikes, HCSA Junior Doctors Committee Co-Chair Dr Karim Salem said:
“Steve Barclay and Rishi Sunak think they can just sit on their hands and wait for junior doctors to give in. But the crisis in our NHS is not going away.
“Years of underinvestment in staff has pushed waiting lists to an all-time high. We know that once again we will be left to try and cope as winter pressures mount. That’s why junior doctors are showing this incredible resolve in the face of such disdain for our health service and our profession.
“It may try to hide it, but the government knows this situation is untenable. Junior doctors, senior doctors, trust leaders and patients are all telling them. Our message is this: it’s not too late to do something about it.”
HCSA President Dr Naru Narayanan said:
“The government has tried burying its head in the sand. It has tried making unilateral declarations.
“It hasn’t tried the one thing that will actually resolve this dispute: good-faith negotiation.”
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