In England, young doctors have voted to extend their strike for another six months.
Members of the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA) voted 96.5% to extend their strike mandate, which they now extend to January 4 next year.
The HCSA accuses the Prime Minister of being an “obstacle to progress” during negotiations and says the government has not moved significantly on an offer it made “months ago”, reports the Evening Standard.
The result comes as junior doctors at the British Medical Association are preparing for a five-day strike from July 13.
dr Naru Narayanan, HCSA President, has written a letter to Rishi Sunak asking him to “be bold” and give government negotiators more flexibility in resolving the dispute.
He said, “The failure to meaningfully negotiate the very real grievances of young doctors is frankly unimaginable.”
“If we are to have any hope of a solution, it is clear that your government must change its position.”
“She must have the courage to acknowledge and address the complaints of hospital doctors to find a longer-term solution to the wage erosion.”
dr Narayanan added, “Junior doctors today showed their resolve in a dispute that has already been going on for too long but could now drag on into the winter due to the government’s stubbornness.”
“It has not yet materialized significantly into an offer it made months ago and it increasingly appears that the prime minister has emerged as an obstacle to progress himself.”
“Nobody in their right mind wants to see the impact these strikes are having on the NHS, least of all doctors who have dedicated their careers to caring for patients.”
“However, unless he changes his stubborn insistence and tries to frame this dispute in terms of broader economic issues, we will be doomed to further riots and strikes.”
“We call on Rishi Sunak and his government to be bold and soften their position so we can reach a longer-term solution – one that addresses the very real grievances of young doctors who fear for staff and services due to massive real-world downsizing.” ” pay.
“There is a way out of this dispute.”
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