Junior Doctors Strike suspension: 'There is still the possibility of action', says GP

Junior Doctors Strike suspension: 'There is still the possibility of action', says GP

Junior Doctors on strike

Monday, September 26, 2016

The suspension of the junior doctors' strike does not mean there will not be industrial action, warns Dr. Youssef El-Gingihy.

Prior to the announcement of the suspension, walkouts had been planned for the coming months as part of a long-running dispute between the British Medical Association and the Department of Health.  

El-Gingihy explained how the action hasn't been entirely cancelled.

"It's stunning news that came out on Saturday evening," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "There are doctors who are shocked and disappointed by this, and there are calls for the decision to be balloted, because it was slightly undemocratic in the sense that it was implemented by the BMA's junior doctor's representative.

"Firstly, it's a suspension of industrial action rather than cancellation. 

"The semantics of this is very important - there is the possibility of different action to be convened."