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NEW STRIKE DATES LATER IN FEBRUARY ANNOUNCED BY JUNIOR DOCTORS

Junior doctors who work in the NHS have announced new strike dates for later in February.

The British Medical Association have confirmed that junior doctors will stage their latest walkout from Saturday 24th to Wednesday 28th February.

The BMA said the government had not met the deadline for an improved pay offer, however, added that the strikes could be called by called off is an offer was forthcoming.

BMA junior doctors committee co-chairs Dr Robert Laurenson and Dr Vivek Trivedi said:   “We have made every effort to work with the government in finding a fair solution to this dispute whilst trying to avoid strike action.

“Even yesterday we were willing to delay further strike action in exchange for a short extension of our current strike mandate.

“Had the Health Secretary agreed to this, an act of good faith on both sides, talks could have gone ahead without more strikes.

“Sadly, the Government declined. The glacial speed of progress with the Government is frustrating and incomprehensible.

“The Health Secretary was quite clear in media interviews during our last action that she would meet us ‘in twenty minutes’ when no strikes were planned.

“She also made clear that she had a further offer to make. It turned out to be more than twenty days before we were offered a meeting with a minister.

“When we did it wasn’t with the Health Secretary, and there was no offer on the table. Time has been lost that could have been used to negotiate with us, or at least with the Treasury and the Prime Minister for the mandate to make a credible offer.

“From the very start of the industrial action, we have been clear that there is no need for strike action as long as substantial progress is made, and we remain willing to carry on talking and to cancel the forthcoming strikes if significant progress is made and a credible offer is put forward.  

“The Government’s actions are difficult to understand, especially when their own MPs are telling the Chancellor to pay junior doctors more fairly. Whatever the holdup, from whomever it is coming, it needs to end now.

“This will be the last action of our current mandate, but we are already balloting for six months more. Even now we are willing to put off these strikes to find a solution – it’s in the Health Secretary’s hands.”

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