We stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity that’s the clear message from doctors on the striking Picket lines this morning in Portsmouth. Just after 8am Doctors at the City’s Hospital walked out. Many of the doctors say they are being forced to strike for a safe and fair contract and for the NHS! That is the message from the well attended Picket Line at the QA Hospital.
This is the second walk out by health workers around the country in a show of we need to stand up and strike
The strike is even more important as it falls within the TUC week of action against the Trade Union Bill Feb 8-14.
Around 40 Junior Doctors from the QA Hospital in Portsmouth are taking part in Industrial Action following the breakdown of negotiations between the Government and the British Medical Association. Standing outside the hospital’s main entrance waving placards and singing songs of protest many visitors to the hospital where very supportive towards the cause. About 30 operations at QA have had to be cancelled because of the strike but a spokeswoman said they had been able to plan around the strike because of the notice given
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The new contract threatens patient safety by removing vital financial safeguards around hours. It threatens the work life balance of doctors who already provide a 24/7 service by reclassifying ‘plain time’ working hours. It threatens education, training and those wishing to raise a family . It threatens a substantial pay cut to many junior doctors and cuts the pay of medical students before they have even qualified.
98% of Junior Doctors voted for Industrial Action. Despite the BMA’s offer of arbitration by ACAS and the negotiations following this the Department of Health continues to refuse to listen to the concerns of the medical profession and come back to the negotiating table with proposals which are safe for patients and fair for doctors.