Junior doctors from Ealing along with their supporters gathered in Westminster yesterday (11 April 2023) as part of a four day strike by the British Medical Asssociation (BMA) over pay and conditions.
In its response to recent comments made by the Health Secretary claiming that the junior doctor pay restoration ask is unreasonable and the reason he will not engage in discussions, British Medical Association (BMA) junior doctor committee co-chair Dr Vivek Trivedi said:
“We were knocking on the Health Secretary’s door, asking to meet with him to negotiate a settlement to this dispute, long before the current strike got underway. We have been in a formal dispute since October. He refused to respond and meet us until we had a strike ballot result. He has had months to put a credible offer on the table and avert industrial action so for him to say ‘it’s disappointing’, is at best disingenuous.
“We have always maintained our aim is for full pay restoration – to reverse the more than 26% real terms pay cuts Mr. Barclay’s government have imposed on us over the past 15 years putting starting salaries up by just £5 per hour to £19. We have always maintained we are willing to negotiate on how to achieve pay restoration, so for Mr. Barclay to suggest we had any preconditions is yet again disingenuous.”