Junior doctors strike across West Country

Junior doctors across the West have begun their second 24 hour strike in a row over new contracts and weekend pay.

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Hospital Chief Executives say they're against imposition of junior doctors' contract

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The Chief Executives of the region's biggest hospital trusts say they're against government plans to impose a new contract on junior doctors. But the heads of the Royal United in Bath and University Hospitals Bristol agree that the new contract offered is 'reasonable.' Their names appeared on a controversial letter used by the health secretary to justify his decision to impose new terms on the doctors.

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Both trusts have issued the following statements:

I have not supported contract imposition. I have supported the view that the NHS needs certainty on the Junior Doctor’s contract and that the latest contract offer was fair and reasonable. It is really important that we have certainty over the working arrangements for new Junior Doctors starting with us on 1 August.

– James Scott, Chief Executive, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation
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The Chief Executive was asked to confirm his support for the negotiating team, led by Sir David Dalton and Ms Clare Panniker, going back to the British Medical Association (BMA) with a “fair and reasonable” best and final offer, in the expectation that such a move would allow a resolution of the current position.

It is highly regretful that this final step was unable to bring the current dispute to resolution, which is in the best interests of all parties and most importantly in the best interest of our patients who rely upon the NHS to provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

– University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson

800+ operations and appointments cancelled after walk out

Thousands of junior doctors have walked out across the West over disputes over new contracts. Credit: PA

More than 800 operations and appointments have been cancelled across the West as junior doctors walk out for the second time.

They're protesting over a proposed new contract which they say will mean they'll have to work more anti-social hours with no extra pay. However all emergency care today was protected.

Here are the figures ITV News have compiled of all the operations and appointments affected across the region.

WESTON GENERAL

85
cancelled appointments but zero cancelled operations

MUGROVE PARK

15
cancelled operations
114
cancelled appointments

ROYAL UNITED HOSPITAL

9
cancelled operations
168
appointments cancelled
The picket line at Dorset County Hospital today on the second day of strike action. Credit: ITV West Country

DORSET COUNTY HOSPITAL

6
operations cancelled
83
cancelled appointments

NORTH BRISTOL NHS TRUST

44
cancelled operations
271
cancelled appointments

UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS BRISTOL

11
cancelled operations but the number of cancelled appointments is unknown.

YEOVIL DISTRICT HOSPITAL

6
operations cancelled
3
cancelled appointments

The Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust and Great Western Hospital would not provide the figures for the number of operations and appointments disrupted by the junior doctors industrial action today (10 February). This is the second time these both trusts have refused to provide their figures.

Junior doctors say they're striking against the imposed changes in pay for unsocial hours, claiming it devalues the work doctors do on evenings and weekends.

See the full report here:

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WATCH: Junior docs tell us why they're striking

Junior doctors across the West Country are taking part in a 24 hour strike.

The row is over new contracts and weekend pay. We spoke to some of those on the picket line in Taunton about why they're striking:

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