Video: I'm terrified the government won't back down, says leading GP trainee

Junior doctors are terrified that they will be forced to take further strike action, a leading GP trainee within the BMA has said.

BMA junior doctors committee member Dr Jeeves Wijesuriya told GPonline he was ‘ absolutely terrified’ that the government would go ahead with the contract imposition.

The GP trainee, speaking from the picket line at the Royal Marsden Hospital, added: ‘It's terrifying to think we could be taking further action. It's terrifying to think we are taking the action we are now. It's not what we want to be doing.’

Junior doctors began the first of three planned 48-hour walkouts by non-emergency doctors at 8am Wednesday. A further two strikes are planned for next month.

NHS England said more than 5,000 procedures had been cancelled because of the action but it was doing everything it could to minimise the effect on patients.

Dr Wijesuriya said the junior doctors committee had offered the government a compromise solution that met its needs but without, in doctors’ eyes, compromising the service.

‘We have tried everything to try and get this government to see sense, to negotiate, to find a way of finding a real solution,' he said. ‘They just aren't interested. They are more interested in trying to score political points than they are a realistic solution.’

A DH spokesman said: ‘Patients have so far seen more than 19,000 operations cancelled as a result of the BMA's irresponsible and unjustified industrial action. The new contract, 90% of which was agreed with the BMA, and endorsed by senior NHS leaders, is a very good deal for doctors and the NHS. It will mean an average 13.5% basic pay rise with a cap on the number of long shifts worked to improve safety. We urge junior doctors to look at the detail.’

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

NHS app will not meet July rollout deadline, NHS England confirms

NHS app will not meet July rollout deadline, NHS England confirms

The NHS app will not be fully functional in every GP practice in England by the 'ambitious'...

MIMS Learning Live now bigger than ever

MIMS Learning Live now bigger than ever

It is now less than two weeks until MIMS Learning Live: South opens its doors to...

GMC sets out expectations for doctors' reflective practice

GMC sets out expectations for doctors' reflective practice

The GMC has joined forces with eight other healthcare regulators to highlight the...

Babylon GP at Hand opens doors to NHS patients in second major city

Babylon GP at Hand opens doors to NHS patients in second major city

Babylon GP at Hand has begun recruiting NHS patients in Birmingham, in a move that...

Setting up our PCN has been hard work, but I'm positive about the future

Setting up our PCN has been hard work, but I'm positive about the future

As primary care networks (PCNs) prepare to go live on 1 July, network clinical director...

GPs reduce work over pension taxes that cost '£2 for every £1 earned'

GPs reduce work over pension taxes that cost '£2 for every £1 earned'

Four in 10 primary care doctors have reduced their workload or considered doing so...