Junior doctors in England have said they are ready to go on strike over a pay dispute.
In a ballot of junior doctors who are members of the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA), 97.48% voted in favor of the strike.
HCSA said turnout was 74.76%, and the union would agree on the “timing and shape” of action in coordination with other health unions.
The HCSA said 397 of the 531 people eligible to vote took part in the ballot.
Junior doctors are telling us that they have had enough. They are telling us that they will leave the country if things don’t get better
The number of votes cast in the ballot is at least 50% of the number of persons entitled to vote.
Around 45,000 junior doctors who are members of the British Medical Association (BMA) have also been selected for strike action with results due at the end of February.
HCSA president Dr Naru Narayanan said the ballot result should act as a “wake-up call” for the government ahead of the BMA result, and called on them to “negotiate our way out of this crisis”. .
Dr Narayanan said: “The government should see this result as a wake-up call from its current complacency.
“Junior doctors are telling us that they are being given enough. They are telling us that they will leave the country if things don’t get better.
“This is an important issue for our NHS.
“If the government does not increase pay as part of a wider funding package, the current hardworking workforce will collapse and future hospital consultants will vote with their feet and leave.
“We are lurking on the edge of a cliff. Now is the time to negotiate a way out of this crisis.”
A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “Junior doctors do an incredible job and it is disappointing that some union members have voted for strike action at a time when the NHS is already struggling with Covid, flu and backlogs. is under enormous pressure to deal with.
“Junior doctors’ pay will rise by a cumulative 8.2% until March 2023 as part of a multi-year pay deal that sees an additional £90 million being invested to provide higher pay for the most experienced junior doctors which increase allowances for those who work the most. Increased rates of pay, often on weekends, and for night shifts.
“The Health and Social Care Secretary met with medical unions last week for constructive discussions about the 2023/24 pay review process – recognizing the cost of living and workforce pressures – and was clear that he is keen to continue talking Huh.”
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