The BMA has confirmed that strike action by junior doctors will take place next week after talks with the Government have broken down. There will now be a 24-hour walkout on Tuesday 12 January 2016 with further and longer action being taken later in the month.
Mark Porter, the Chairman of the BMA, said:
“We sincerely regret the disruption that industrial action will cause, but junior doctors have been left with no option. It is because the government’s proposals would be bad for patient care as well as junior doctors in the long-term that we are taking this stand”.
Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, has said that he is asking ACAS to intervene in the process to allow talks to continue. He said:
“It is extremely disappointing that the BMA have chosen to take industrial action which helps no-one”.