The BMA is balloting junior doctors about taking industrial action. This follows an attempt by the Health Secretary to bring in a new contract that will mean loss of increased pay for working unsocial hours, loss of annual pay increases, and loss of current safeguards that prevent doctors working excessive hours. This contract is the final straw for many doctors who, like other health workers, are struggling to keep services going while the NHS is being dismantled. For more details on what the dispute is about, see this open letter from an A & E consultant http://nhap.org/junior-doctors-for-the-nhs/stop-the-unprecedented-damage-happening-to-the-nhs/.
People will die because of the Government’s decision to focus on competition rather than quality in health care.— Richard Horton, editor, The Lancet