Senior doctors stage first strike in over a decade

Health / Thu 20th Jul 2023 at 06:19am

A 48-hour strike by senior hospital doctors in England has got under way, with NHS bosses warning of severe disruption reports the BBC.

Thousands of consultants walked out from 07:00 BST in their dispute over pay.

It is the first time the consultants have taken part in strike action since 2012.

Only emergency care and a small amount of routine work- so-called Christmas Day cover – will be provided.

It comes just two days after a five-day walkout by junior doctors came to an end, on Tuesday.

NHS England said that the timing of the industrial action had left hospitals with little time to recover, claiming the senior-doctor walkout would have the most severe impact of any strike action so far this year.

Thousands of planned appointments have been postponed.

Consultants will stop seeing many patients and will not be around to supervise the work of junior doctors.

British Medical Association consultants’ committee chair, Dr Vishal Sharma, said members were “angry” and at “rock bottom” thanks to years of below-inflation pay rises.

“We are under-valued and over-worked. This government is failing us and failing patients.”

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3 Comments for Senior doctors stage first strike in over a decade:

David Forman
2023-07-21 02:41:50

Every professional is deserving of a wage that reflects their skill, qualifications and experience. In the Republic of Ireland hospital consultants are paid between €209,915 and €252,150 a year, vastly more than they are in England. Consultants are voting with their feet and emigrating to get better pay and working conditions. It is funny how the Conservatives justify lavish director and CEO pay by saying companies "need to attract the best talent", but think paying peanuts in the public sector will achieve the same result. See Eire consultant pay: https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-41023079.html

Kim Oconnor
2023-07-21 07:59:12

Correct, David foreman.

Bruce Downey
2023-07-21 10:07:41

Money, money, money it’s a rich Consultant’s world..🤑

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