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Lib Dems Urge Government to Resolve Doctors Dispute

November 19, 2015 3:50 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Junior doctors in England have overwhelmingly voted in favour of going on strike in their dispute over a new contract.

98% voted in favour of a full strike and 99% in favour of action just short of a full strike.

Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman Norman Lamb MP said:

"It's a serious concern that we have reached a point where junior doctors are prepared to take strike action. The Government has woefully mismanaged this contract negotiation and Jeremy Hunt must act urgently to resolve the dispute. Everything possible must be done to avert the strike which could damage patient care.

"It is legitimate to review working practices to ensure they best meet patients' needs. However these proposals could mean less protection and a cut in pay for those junior doctors expected to work extremely long hours. That is clearly not in the best interests of patients or of NHS staff."

The dates for industrial action are: