Paul Ross clashes with junior doctor over renewed strike action

Paul Ross clashes with junior doctor over renewed strike action

A junior doctor striking earlier this year

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Paul Ross clashed with a junior doctor over new plans to stage five days of industrial action against the Department of Health.

The British Medical Association gave junior doctors the green light to hold renewed strikes with "full withdrawal of labour" over the controversial new contract for training medics.

The strikes are scheduled to take place between 8am and 5pm from the 12th to the 16th of September, with further dates to be confirmed.

This new action has been labeled the 'worst strike in NHS history', with the strikes endangering up to 100,000 operations. 

Dr. Rishi Dhir, a junior doctor of 10 years and an orthopaedic surgeon, explained why the BMA and Junior Doctors' committee feels there is no other choice.

"Strike action represents a failure, and it's with a heavy heart it's been announced," he told our Full Set Breakfast host. "The reason why is because we are being asked to be complicit in signing a contract which puts patients directly at risk. 

"The contract itself is not governed by employment law, so there is no recourse to go to an employment tribunal if they are unfairly dismissed. 

"Thirdly, there's no whistleblower protection, so it will lead to a culture of covering up."

Listen to the full interview above.