Friday 30 September 2022 05:23 PM Disastrous NHS strikes inch another step closer as BMA gives doctors a ... trends now

Friday 30 September 2022 05:23 PM Disastrous NHS strikes inch another step closer as BMA gives doctors a ... trends now
Friday 30 September 2022 05:23 PM Disastrous NHS strikes inch another step closer as BMA gives doctors a ... trends now

Friday 30 September 2022 05:23 PM Disastrous NHS strikes inch another step closer as BMA gives doctors a ... trends now

Catastrophic NHS strikes inched another step closer today as doctors were given a £2million war chest in preparation for a potential mass walk-out.

The British Medical Association (BMA), a union representing 160,000 GPs, consultants, and junior doctors, has warned industrial action is 'inevitable'.

The organisation, often described as militant, has already demanded huge inflation-busting pay rises for junior doctors. 

Ministers failed to hit a deadline of 5pm today to commit to offering doctors a 26 per cent pay rise, paving the way for the first medical strike ballot in years. 

The BMA's £2million pot will fund the industrial ballot of junior doctors and potentially other medical groups in the near future. 

It also launched a strike fund asking medics and the public to donate to help members who are financially impacted by potential action. 

Junior doctors have inched closer to strike action in echoes of the 2016 industrial dispute which saw them walk off the job multipole times in 2016 (pictured)

Junior doctors have inched closer to strike action in echoes of the 2016 industrial dispute which saw them walk off the job multipole times in 2016 (pictured)

What happened the last time junior doctors went on strike? 

Junior doctors planning to strike later this year echoes that of similar industrial action back in 2016.

A contract dispute between junior medics and then health secretary Jeremy Hunt led to doctors withdrawing labour three times.

The dispute was regarding plans to scarp overtime rates for junior doctors on every day except Sunday and instead increasing pay.

But many junior doctors felt the change would result in a net loss.

The dispute resulted in a general strike on January 12, the first such industrial action in 40 years. 

This was then repeated on February 10 and March 9-10.

On April 26-27 junior doctors withdrew from providing both routine and emergency care, the first time this had ever happened. 

In total the strikes led to the cancellation of 100,000  patient appointments. 

The dispute only formally ended in 2019 when junior doctors were offered an 8.2 per cent pay rise over four years.  

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Consultants and GPs are also contemplating industrial action, following what medics have called 'derisory' pay offers from Government.

BMA chair Professor Philip Banfield said: 'This is the first time in its’ long history that the BMA has created a strike fund.

'It is a sign of our commitment that we are making these resources available.'

He said it represented a 'significant step forward'.

Other NHS staff union groups are also on the war footing, with nurses, midwives, physiotherapists considering industrial action on pay.

Unions were emboldened following Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-budget last week, which saw the Government lift a cap on bankers' bonuses.

The Government has continually cited pressure on the nation's

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