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#GPnews: Junior doctor strike is 'not proportionate', says Academy of Royal Colleges

15:15 An interesting tweet from GPC’s policy lead on education, training and workforce on an ITV News poll which shows strong public support for the latest announcement of further junior doctor strikes. 

This comes after the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges attacked the new industrial action plans, adding that 'five days of strike action will cause real problems for the NHS.'

11:40 The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges earlier put out a statement critical of the BMA’s decision to hold a series of five-day strikes over the next few months.

It said: ’The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges is disappointed at the prospect of further sustained industrial action by junior doctors. We are acutely aware that the NHS is under extreme pressure at the moment. Patient safety and quality of care must be the priority.

’We know there are genuine concerns about the contract and working arrangements, but we do not consider the proposed strikes are proportionate.

’Five days of strike action, particularly at such short notice, will cause real problems for patients, the service and the profession.’

We’ll have more on that shortly.

9:35 Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has likened himself to the founder of the NHS, Nye Bevan, in a radio interview today on theupcoming industrial action by junior doctors.

Appearing on Radio 4’s Today programme, he was asked by presenter John Humphries about whether he would be standing down,the Mirror reports.

Mr Humphries said to the health secretary: ’You could say ”I’ve done my best, I’ve worked on this for years. Maybe it’s time I stepped aside and let someone else have a go because I haven’t got their confidence”.’

But Mr Hunt responded: ’Nye Bevan, the founder of the NHS, was described by the BMA as a medical Fuhrer.

’All I would say is we know very well that health secretaries are rarely popular in their job - but what matters is are we doing the right thing for patients.’

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Readers' comments (11)

  • It's not the right thing for patients unless you have sufficient doctors and funding that you don't damage core provision. Why can he not understand this?

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  • Dear Above,
    He doesn't understand it because it does not suit his purpose to understand it.
    Paul C

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  • The antithesis of Nye Bevan,not a creator but a destroyer of the "60 year mistake".

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  • Hail Jeremy,,,,is that what he would like to salute him as?

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  • All the medical colleges are an irrelevance .Theyre reason'detre is to rip off junior Drs to the tune of thousands of pounds so they can carry on being pillars of the establishment.Will they take a cut in fees for exams when our coleages take one with this new contract I doubt it very much.The Older generation are pulling up the ladders to our junior coleages.Hippocrites all.

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  • The medical colleges response is not proportionate to what the whole profession and the NHS is going through - so just shut up! The elite of this profession has no clue what happens at the coal face.

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  • Well what do the medical colleges actively propose to protect Junior Doctors from an unsafe contract? and as a result an even more unsafe NHS when junior doctors start leaving?!

    They have undermined their junior colleagues by their statement which was obviously going to be used against them by the SoS, the government and the biased press.

    What are the JDs supposed to do after all the actions they have undertaken have been ignored and imposition is imminent.

    A more constructive statement would have been better.

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  • is four days proportionate - perhaps three days is....................

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  • Who are you?
    In whose name do you speak?
    Who has voted for you
    By what right do you make such an ill judged public statement that clearly should not be discussed publically but by professional consultation with jdr representatives otherwise you are acting disreputably like the DOH
    Names please it is not acceptable to use a spokesman

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  • Please explain what an academic organisation is doing interfering so naively in democratic representatives of Drs?

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