National Health Action Party press release 19th May 2016
The National Health Action Party remains very concerned at the Government’s plans to press ahead with a '7 day NHS' as apparent in the ACAS statement on the junior doctors' contract.
Dr Clive Peedell says "The NHS is already buckling under pressure with a crisis in A+E, rising waiting lists, General Practice in meltdown, collapsing mental health services, and a serious lack of social care availability.
If the proposed contract ends up making juniors work more weekends, within a cost neutral package, in order to push an un-evidenced 7 day NHS agenda, then it is likely juniors will reject it. The knock on effects for the consultant and GP contracts, as well as other NHS staff must also be considered in this context.
We clearly need to await the details of the contract before being able to comment fully. It will ultimately be up to junior doctor members of the BMA to decide whether to accept or reject this new deal. We have faith in their ability to understand the contract terms when they are published. If it remains not safe and not fair they will say so in no uncertain terms."