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GMB Support Junior Doctors Dispute

Monday, January 11, 2016

GMB Call On Members To Support For Junior Doctors Dispute In England With Flags And Banners On Picket Lines On 12 January

Junior doctors are at forefront of resisting further cuts to pay and conditions in NHS where pay has fallen by 10% in real terms since 2008 says GMB.

GMB, the union for staff in the NHS, is calling on members to support the junior doctors dispute on 12th January by attending picket lines in their own time outside hospitals with flags and banners. See notes to editors for a list of 98 locations across England where there GMB understands there will be BMA junior doctor pickets on 12th January.

Rehana Azam, GMB Acting National Secretary for public services, said “Junior doctors are at forefront of resisting further cuts to pay and conditions in NHS where pay has fallen by 10% in real terms since 2008.

The overwhelming vote by junior doctors has shown clearly that doctors and other NHS staff will oppose attempts by Government to redefine unsocial hours and to open the door for excessive working hours.

NHS staff deliver and are committed to a 24/7 service. However staff rostered to work between 7pm and 7am during the week and at weekends must be paid relevant unsocial hours premia.

With 3 strike dates set by junior doctors we ask Mr Hunt to think again. We need the PM to stand in and resolve this dispute because the negotiations set up by Mr Hunt were purposefully set up to fail. Setting pre-conditions on the outcome of any talks has led to overwhelming support to take strike action and the public have increasingly come out in support for the NHS. Put simply the junior doctors rightly have seen through Mr Hunt and so has the public. We know the new contract is not backed by any extra funding for salaries. Mr Hunt just wants to redistribute the current pay bill by asking doctors to working longer hours for less pay.

NHS staff are the backbone of the NHS yet the Secretary of State for Health continues to pick unnecessary fights with them. The BMA in standing up for junior doctors is standing up for the NHS and the GMB stand in solidarity with all NHS staff standing up to defend their terms and condition.

One aspect of this dispute is the attempt to open the door to watering down the working time directive. This has to be resisted. The Working Time Directive is not “red tape” as the CBI assert. It was brought in as excessive hours were identified as the direct cause of the Clapham Junction rail disaster where 35 people died and 500 people were injured on 12 December 1988.

The collision was caused by a signal failure due to a wiring fault. An Independent inquiry, chaired by Anthony Hidden, QC, found that the signalling technician responsible had worked a seven-day week for the previous thirteen weeks.

Government officials are putting unnecessary pressure on NHS England to inflate the impact of a junior doctors strike in a leaked letter addressed to the BMA and we have seen data released that set out hospitals are issuing black alerts, unable to cope with the excessive demands on services.

The top priority for NHS staff is patient care, yet the government are shirking their responsibilities by not awarding a fair funding settlement and expecting staff to bear the brunt of the funding crisis. The recent OECD report on international health care showed that UK spending on healthcare was falling significantly below the average for leading world economies and yet the government are responding with a coordinated assault on NHS staff who are standing up for patient care.

GMB calls on the PM to set out a clear fair funding settlement for the NHS. NHS funding per head of population has been falling in real terms since 2010. Cutting NHS staff terms and conditions isn't going to balance the funding needed as we move into a winter of crisis.”


Contact: Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer on 07841 181656 or Justin Bowden on 07710 631351 or Alan Perry 07974 018410 or  GMB Regional Officers: Birmingham & West Midlands Amanda Gearing 07957 265678, London & East of England Dave Powel 07710 631 349  East Midlands, Les Dobbs on 07966 327 967, North East and Cumbria, Chris Jukes on 07870 176 733, North West, Lisa Ryan 07703 468 968 or Maria Almond 07718 113110, Northern Ireland, Michael Mulholland on 07974 018 413, South East, Nick Day on 07717 510 047, Wales & South West, Paul Gage on 07980 753 117 and Yorkshire, Joan Keane on 07958 156841 or GMB Press Office: 07921 289880 or 07974 251823.

Notes to editors

List of 98 locations across England where there GMB understands there will be junior doctors pickets on 12th January. Media should check with BMA to confirm these locations. The list is not exhaustive.

Gloucester Royal Hospital Great Western Road  GLOUCESTER GL1 3NN

Cheltenham General Hospital Sandford Road  CHELTENHAM GL53 7AN

Freeman Hospital Freeman Road High Heaton NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE NE7 7DN

Royal Victoria Infirmary Queen Victoria Road  NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE NE1 4LP

Russells Hall Hospital Pensnett Road  DUDLEY DY1 2HQ

Basildon Hospital Nethermayne  BASILDON SS16 5NL

Southend General Hospital Prittlewell Chase  WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA SS0 0RY

Newham University Hospital Glen Road Plaistow LONDON E13 8SL

Royal London Hospital Whitechapel Road  LONDON E1 1BB

West Middlesex University Hospital Twickenham Road  ISLEWORTH TW7 6AF

Kingston Hospital Galsworthy Road  KINGSTON UPON THAMES KT2 7QB

St Helier Hospital Wrythe Lane  CARSHALTON SM5 1AA

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Gayton Road  KING'S LYNN PE30 4ET

Lincoln County Hospital Greetwell Road  LINCOLN LN2 5QY

Royal Sussex County Hospital Eastern Road  BRIGHTON BN2 5BE

Frimley Park Hospital Portsmouth Road Frimley CAMBERLEY GU16 7UJ

Royal Surrey County Hospital Egerton Road  GUILDFORD GU2 7XX

Nottingham University Hospital Queen's Medical Centre Derby Road NOTTINGHAM NG7 2UH

Queens Medical Centre Derby Road  NOTTINGHAM NG7 2UH

Hammersmith Hospital Du Cane Road  LONDON W12 0HS

New Cross Hospital Wolverhampton Road Heath Town WOLVERHAMPTON WV10 0QP

Birmingham Heartlands Hospital 45 Bordesley Green East Bordesley Green BIRMINGHAM B9 5ST

Good Hope Hospital Rectory Road  SUTTON COLDFIELD B75 7RR

Heartlands Hospital Bordesley Green East  BIRMINGHAM B9 5SS

Manor Hospital Moat Road  WALSALL WS2 9PS

Kettering General Hospital Rothwell Road  KETTERING NN16 8UZ

Whiston Hospital Warrington Road  PRESCOT L35 5DR

Darent Valley Hospital Darenth Wood Road  DARTFORD DA2 8DA

Barnsley District General Hospital Gawber Road  BARNSLEY S75 2EP

Royal Hallamshire Hospital Glossop Road  SHEFFIELD S10 2JF

Northern General Hospital Herries Road  SHEFFIELD S5 7AU

East Surrey Hospital Canada Avenue  REDHILL RH1 5RH

St Richards Hospital Spitalfield Lane  CHICHESTER PO19 6SE

Worthing Hospital Lyndhurst Road  WORTHING BN11 2DH

King's College Hospital Denmark Hill  LONDON SE5 9RS

New Queen Elizabeth Hospital Mindelsohn Way Edgbaston BIRMINGHAM B15 2WB

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre Edgbaston BIRMINGHAM B15 2TH

Leeds General Infirmary Great George Street  LEEDS LS1 3EX

St James's University Hospital Beckett Street  LEEDS LS9 7TF

Darlington Memorial Hospital Hollyhurst Road  DARLINGTON DL3 6HX

Queen Elizabeth Hospital   GATESHEAD NE9 6SX

Princess Alexandra Hospital Hamstel Road  HARLOW CM20 1QX

Royal Liverpool University Hospital University Hospital Prescot Street LIVERPOOL L7 8XP

Charing Cross Hospital Fulham Palace Road  LONDON W6 8RF

St Marys Hospital Praed Street  LONDON W2 1NY

University Hospital of North Durham North Road  DURHAM DH1 5TW

Chesterfield Royal Hospital Chesterfield Road Calow CHESTERFIELD S44 5BL

Kings Mill Hospital Mansfield Road  SUTTON-IN-ASHFIELD NG17 4JL

Manchester Royal Infirmary Oxford Road  MANCHESTER M13 9WL

Salford Royal Hospital Stott Lane  SALFORD M6 8HD

Royal Derby Hospital Uttoxeter Road  DERBY DE22 3NE

Warrington Hospital Lovely Lane  WARRINGTON WA5 1QG

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital 369 Fulham Road  LONDON SW10 9NH

Birmingham City Hospital Dudley Road  BIRMINGHAM B18 7QH

Guys Hospital Great Maze Pond  LONDON SE1 9RT

St Thomas' Hospital 249 Westminster Bridge Road  LONDON SE1 7EH

Royal Oldham Hospital Rochdale Road  OLDHAM OL1 2JH

North Manchester General Hospital Delaunays Road  MANCHESTER M8 5RB

Bristol Royal Infirmary Marlborough Street Upper Maudlin Street BRISTOL BS2 8HW

Rotherham District General Hospital Moorgate Road  ROTHERHAM S60 2UD

Princess Royal University Hospital Farnborough Common  ORPINGTON BR6 8ND

University Hospital Clifford Bridge Road  COVENTRY CV2 2DX

Warwick Hospital Lakin Road  WARWICK CV34 5BW

Worcestershire Royal Hospital Charles Hastings Way  WORCESTER WR5 1DD

Wexham Park Hospital Wexham Street Wexham SLOUGH SL2 4HL

Whipps Cross Hospital Whipps Cross Road Leytonstone LONDON E11 1NR

William Harvey Hospital Kennington Road Willesborough ASHFORD TN24 0LZ

York Hospital Wigginton Road  YORK YO31 8HE

Royal Bolton Hospital Minerva Road Farnworth BOLTON BL4 0JR

Royal Blackburn Hospital Haslingden Road  BLACKBURN BB2 3HH

Stepping Hill Hospital Poplar Grove  STOCKPORT SK2 7JE

Great Western Hospital (The) Marlborough Road  SWINDON SN3 6BB

Musgrove Park Hospital Musgrove Park Parkfield Drive TAUNTON TA1 5DA

Lister Hospital Coreys Mill Lane  STEVENAGE SG1 4AB

Luton and Dunstable Hospital Lewsey Road  LUTON LU4 0DZ

Medway Maritime Hospital Windmill Road  GILLINGHAM ME7 5NY

Milton Keynes General Hospital Standing Way Eaglestone MILTON KEYNES MK6 5LD

Peterborough City Hospital Bretton Gate Bretton PETERBOROUGH PE3 9GZ

St Georges Hospital Blackshaw Road  LONDON SW17 0QT

Bradford Royal Infirmary Duckworth Lane  BRADFORD BD9 6RJ

Harrogate District Hospital Lancaster Park Road  HARROGATE HG2 7SX

Alder Hey Hospital Eaton Road West Derby LIVERPOOL L12 2AP

Wythenshawe Hospital Southmoor Road  MANCHESTER M23 9LT

Royal Albert Edward Infirmary Wigan Lane  WIGAN WN1 2NN

St Peters Hospital Guildford Road  CHERTSEY KT16 0PZ

Tunbridge Wells Hospital Tonbridge Road Pembury TUNBRIDGE WELLS TN2 4QJ

Royal United Hospital Combe Park  BATH BA1 3NG

Victoria Hospital Whinney Heys Road  BLACKPOOL FY3 8NR

Sunderland Royal Hospital Kayll Road  SUNDERLAND SR4 7TP

Colchester General Hospital Turner Road  COLCHESTER CO4 5JL

Cumberland Infirmary Newtown Road  CARLISLE CA2 7HY

University Hospital of North Tees Hardwick Road  STOCKTON-ON-TEES TS19 8PE

Nottingham City Hospital Hucknall Road  NOTTINGHAM NG5 1PB

Poole General Hospital Longfleet Road  POOLE BH15 2JB

Salisbury District Hospital Odstock Road  SALISBURY SP2 8BJ

Sandwell General Hospital Lyndon  WEST BROMWICH B71 4HJ

Tameside General Hospital Fountain Street  ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE OL6 9RW

Watford General Hospital 60 Vicarage Road  WATFORD WD18 0HB




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