MEDICS criticised the British Medical Association (BMA) yesterday for calling off future strikes “without any discussion with the mass membership of thousands of junior doctors.”
The BMA junior doctors’ committee has decided to “end the current mandate for industrial action,” meaning further strikes over controversial government contract changes cannot go ahead without fresh ballots.
The Junior Doctors’ Alliance (JDA) is calling for more intense opposition to the new contract being imposed by the Department of Health — and added that the BMA was losing the trust of its members.
The JDA also said the BMA was withholding details about the content of an upcoming meeting about the contract and that the group “should be transparent to its membership.”
BMA chairman Dr Peter Campbell said the committee wanted to work on ensuring a “fair approach to weekend pay” and “the safety of patients and doctors under the new contract.”
The association, which has held a series of strikes over concerns about patient safety, had already cancelled strikes planned for September and this month.