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RCOG statement: Industrial action proposed by junior doctors

News 2 September 2016

The BMA Council has confirmed that junior doctors in England will take further industrial action from September. There will be a full withdrawal of labour for five days, between the hours of 8am and 5pm from Monday 12 September - Friday 16 September inclusive. Further dates will be confirmed in due course.

Dr David Richmond, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), said:

“The RCOG has voiced its concerns to the Government about the imposition of this contract. We value our trainees immensely and our support for them has been unequivocal. However, continued industrial action is not a sustainable solution and the magnitude of the proposal and notice period will undoubtedly affect many patients waiting for care. For the sake of our patients we urge both sides to return to the negotiating table so that outstanding areas of concern can be addressed and an agreement reached.

 “Further industrial action is the last resort of an increasingly disillusioned workforce who feel undervalued and ignored. We must urgently focus our energies on tackling the wider issues which are at the root of the considerable malaise among the medical workforce, including managing an increasingly complex and challenging workload, addressing rotas gaps, working in a safe and supportive environment and improving the morale of an already overstretched group of hardworking doctors.”

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