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BMA suspends next week’s planned industrial action to avoid inconveniences to patients…. reports Asian Lite News

NHS HospitalThe British Medical Association (BMA) suspends next week’s 48-hour industrial action as fresh talks continue to strike a deal by the government and junior doctors.

Acas is mediating the talks.

Commenting on the decision to suspend industrial action, BMA junior doctor committee chair, Dr Johann Malawana, said: “The BMA’s aim has always been to deliver a safe, fair junior doctor contract through negotiated agreement.  Following junior doctors’ clear message to the Government during last week’s action, our focus is now on building on early progress made in the current set of talks.

“On this basis, the BMA has today taken the decision to suspend the industrial action planned for 26-28 January, thereby giving Trusts has much notice as possible so as to avoid disruption to patients.

“It is important to be clear, however, that differences still exist between the BMA and the Government on key areas, including the protection of patient safety and doctor’s working lives and the recognition of unsocial hours.  Significant, concrete progress will need to be made if future action, currently planned for 10 February, is to be averted.”

“The action that junior doctors across England took last week sent a clear message to the Government that junior doctor’s and entire NHS family is united against the unjust and unfair contract,” said Dr Kailash Chand, Deputy Chair of BMA.

“There still exist huge gap between the BMA and the government, particularly those relating to the protection of patient safety and doctors’ working lives and recognition of anti-social hours.  It is important that the government is left in no doubt that significant, concrete progress must be made if future action, currently scheduled for 10 February, is to be avoided.

“This fight – our fight – has always been to get a contract that is fair for doctors, safe for patients and supports the sustainable future of the NHS.”