Although St Christopher’s recognises this action impacts our colleagues across the NHS much greater than us, we do have seven junior doctors who currently work at our hospice and they will be taking part in the strike action with respect to their proposed contracts.
Along with the Royal Colleges, The Association for Palliative Medicine and the GMC, St Christopher’s is dismayed at the current state of affairs but supports the regrettable action that the junior doctors feel obliged to take.
In light of this situation, St Christopher’s has put plans and procedures in place so that – should the government refuse to negotiate and the strike goes ahead as planned – our team will ensure that the excellent medical care provided to patients continues as seamlessly as possible. We would like to reassure our patients and their families that we are doing everything possible to reduce any possible negative impact that strike action may have on our services.
Unfortunately, the junior doctors feel that they must support strike action as the government has refused to enter into comprehensive talks with the BMA concerning the proposed junior doctor contract. The junior doctors feel that the new contract will be unsafe for patients and the only course of action is to strike. They hope that the government will agree to restart negotiations and that action will be unnecessary.