5th April 2016

Charities call for Government and BMA to ‘get back around the table’

Intervention from health and care charity leaders comes ahead of further strike action by junior doctors

doctorHealth and care charity leaders have called on the Government and the British Medical Association (BMA) to get back around the negotiating table to resolve the junior doctor contract dispute.

In a letter sent to both sides, senior leaders in 36 organisations, including The Migraine Trust, call on the Government and the BMA to remove the impediments to resuming talks.

Writing in the letter, the signatories state:

We deplore the emergence of a situation where strike action in the NHS becomes normalised due to the entrenched positions of both parties.

Patients and carers have not been heard in this dispute. Regardless of where their sympathies lie, they have the right to expect a concerted effort by both sides to resolve the dispute.

The intervention comes ahead of two days of strike action planned for 6 and 7 April 2016. Further strike action planned by the BMA for 26 and 27 April will see an ‘all-out’ walkout by junior doctors, with no emergency care provided.

For more information please visit the National Voices website. The Migraine Trust is a member of National Voices, the leading coalition of health and social care charities in England.

The Guardian newspaper has covered the story here: ‘Health charities urge talks to halt junior doctors’ strikes‘.

Update: The BBC reports that fresh talks to break the dispute have been ruled out by government.

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