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What A Waste! Procrastination Thy Name is Hunt…

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The junior doctors strike, which was due to begin at 8 am today, is called off. But the delay in taking a decision by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on some key issues has derailed a stretched system which will cause inconveniences to about 60,000 patients and their relatives across the country….writes Asian Lite News

Old Lady + Nurse NHS HospitalHospitals across England are facing major disruption  today. The British Medical Association agreed to suspend the walk-out today following a last-minute breakthrough in talks. But it came too late for hospitals. According to sources about 60,000 patients will be affected.

” It is unfortunate that we have not been able to reach agreement sooner but patients, doctors and everyone else who works across the NHS will be pleased that in the end the right decision has been made,” said Dr Kailash Chand OBE, one of the senior most GPs in England. “A return to genuine negotiations is clearly preferable to the imposition of a new contract or industrial action and provides us with the best opportunity to deliver a contract for junior doctors which recognises the central role they play in delivering patient care across the NHS.’

“In January, all parties involved in the negotiations will decide whether meaningful progress is being made.At that point, we will need to consider whether industrial action should be reinstated. The coming weeks will be challenging, but it is vital that we do all we can to come to a negotiated agreement.”

 The BMA decision was announced after an outline agreement was reached between the two sides following talks at conciliation service Acas. The decision to suspend the strikes only came on Monday night – just hours before the first walk-out was due to begin at 08:00 on Tuesday.

Both sides will now spend the next few weeks going through the detail of the agreement. To allow that to happen, the BMA has agreed to suspend all three days of action.

But the joint statement – sent out by Acas – makes it clear it is only a temporary move at this stage. It points out the BMA has until 13 January to start industrial action if the next round of talks does not reach a permanent deal.

In an email to members , BMA council chair Mark Porter says: ‘Following conciliatory talks with NHS Employers and the Department of Health, we have agreed to suspend industrial action in England, which was due to begin at 8am tomorrow. The Government has also agreed not to proceed unilaterally with the introduction of a new contract.

He adds: ‘Today’s decision is in the best interests of patients, doctors and the NHS. It is unfortunate that we have not been able to reach agreement sooner but patients, doctors and everyone else who works across the NHS will be pleased that in the end the right decision has been made.

‘A return to genuine negotiations is clearly preferable to the imposition of a new contract or industrial action and provides us with the best opportunity to deliver a contract for junior doctors which recognises the central role they play in delivering patient care across the NHS.’

In January, all parties involved in the negotiations will decide whether meaningful progress is being made.

Dr Porter adds: ‘At that point, we will need to consider whether industrial action should be reinstated.

‘The coming weeks will be challenging, but it is vital that we do all we can to come to a negotiated agreement. I know that you will continue to support us in this, as you have over the past few months. We are one profession. We stand together.’

In a statement, an Acas spokesperson said: ‘Following five days of productive talks under the auspices of Acas, the BMA, NHS Employers and the Department of Health have reached an agreement, which is attached. Acas is pleased that the talks have been held in a constructive manner and cooperative spirit between the parties, that will allow an improvement in industrial relations.’