The British Orthopaedic Trainees’ Association (BOTA) and The Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) committees regret that the BMA is in a position where further industrial action has been deemed necessary. We would like to reiterate our support for all our members and junior doctors at this time – we remain united. It is clear that this decision has not been taken lightly, but while proposed changes to the contract continue to threaten patient care, we cannot stand by idly.

Since its founding in 1948 the NHS has delivered world class healthcare to the UK. It was founded on the principle of safe healthcare for all, regardless of ones’ circumstances. The new contract that the government are imposing directly contradicts these principles; it is neither safe nor fair for patients or junior doctors. We had hoped that the government would willingly re-enter negotiations to develop a sustainable contract that allowed us to continue providing safe and effective care to our patients. It is the government’s refusal to do this that has forced the JDC to make this difficult decision.

As organisations, we encourage our membership to remain united; as trainees, as surgeons. The government’s belligerence towards contract imposition is indicative of their overall attitude towards the NHS. By continuing to present a united front now, we can hope that we will be able to safeguard a publicly funded NHS for the future.

We would hope that the future holds a cessation of imposition with re-entering of meaningful negotiations towards a contract that is pro-patient, pro-junior doctor, pro-NHS, anti-discrimination and anti-privatisation.

We would like to thank our consultant and specialty doctor colleagues in advance for stepping into the breach to ensure that no patient comes to harm during the period of industrial action and for their ongoing support to ensure that the NHS remains safe and accessible for all.

We urge all parties involved to come back to the negotiating table, in good faith, to develop a sustainably funded and fair solution for all. Now that the true data is available in regards to the 7 Day NHS, we can focus on what really matters; patients, not politics.

 

Mr. Simon Fleming – President of BOTA

Mr. Adam Williams – President of ASIT