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Junior doctors ballot on industrial action begins next month

The ballot on industrial action for junior doctors and GP trainees over the proposed contract imposition will begin on 5 November, the BMA has announced today.

In a message to members, it said the ballot will close on 18 November, and the results will be announced soon after.

GP trainees and junior doctors have been told they will have to be registered and update their details by 23 October in order to be eligible for the ballot.

They are being balloted on the decision by the Government to adopt in full recommendations that will see trainees no longer being paid extra for Saturday and evening working.

Around 20,000 people marched on Parliament at the weekend in opposition to the proposals.

Under the plans, the Government will also remove the ‘GP supplement’, which sees GP trainees’ pay being boosted to closely match that of hospital trainees, who receive higher standard pay because they work more weekends.

In place of the supplement, the Government has proposed ‘flexible pay premia’, which it has committed to general practice in the first year, but with no guarantee GP trainees will continue to receive a premium beyond then.

Dr Donna Tooth, chair of the GP trainees subcommittee of the GPC and a GP trainee in Essex, told Pulse: ‘GP trainees who will be starting their three years of training from next August need assurance that their salary won’t be altered during the course of their training programme.

‘In light of the GP recruitment and retention crisis, we need assurances over pay for the longer term, not a short-term fix to appease current trainees.’

She added: ‘With regards to the upcoming ballot, I would urge individual GP trainees to be familiar with the DDRB recommendations and make a decision for themselves as to how this imposition may affect them and trainees in the future.’

Read an analysis of the junior doctors contract row here


Readers' comments (17)

  • Comrades - join them!

    1) Call a Special General Meeting of your CCG membership and vote your CCG board off. Refuse to replace them.
    2) All FOI NHSE/CCGs etc for the same info simultaneously.
    3) Undted resignation letters - still a killer.

    Let's raise the temperature at the DH a little.

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  • good luck guys - every GP I know supports you.

    hopefully, medical students will be out in force too as the changes will affect them as well.

    we should all do something to show our support, suggestions;

    1. wear a black arm band
    2. a moment of silence in surgery
    3. burning an effigy of Cameron and hunt for guy fawkes?

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  • Training practices - make sure your registrars have registered to vote at the BMA and back them up to strike. Time to fight guys

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  • these juniors will be us in a few years time.

    support for them is the least we can do.

    I'm going to be making a lot of noise on the day of the strike in my own surgery.

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  • sadly reading public comments in response to junior doctors' side of the story is depressing, in summary what the public are saying is;

    1. we choose to be drs and therefore should expect to provide 24/7 service - the more hours the more experience we will get
    2. if we wanted to have families or decent pay then we should not have chosen to be drs
    3. everybody has to work weekends and long hours
    4. lots of people get low pay
    5. lots of people have responsible jobs
    6. we are state employees and get a generous pension
    7. if we can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen (somebody actually wrote that)
    8. they think drs pay is too generous as it is
    9. they don't want anymore foreign drs etc etc tehn they don't want female drs etc

    reading the comments by the public has made me decide that I've given up on the public - if they don't understand the value of free at the point of use, unlimited, comprehensive healthcare for the cost of a sky subscription then why do we bother fighting for them?

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  • Its time to stop worrying about being bad guys, its time to find out what our free market worth is,its time if necessary to bring down the crumbling NHS eddifice and start anew before uncle sam does it for us.

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