Britain’s most senior doctors have dramatically condemned plans by their junior colleagues for a series of five-day strikes. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – led by 22 of the country’s most senior doctors – said it was “disappointed” at the plans. They hit out after junior doctors announced 15 more days of strikes spanning October, November and December. These add to dates announced yesterday – five consecutive days from 12 September. There are fears the planned action could result in up to 6,000 operations being cancelled each day of walkout.
Britain’s most senior doctors demanded an end to strike action by junior colleagues last night as they warned that a new wave of walkouts would harm patients. The rebuke, which represents a shift in tone among the top ranks of the medical profession, came as junior doctors’ leaders insisted that action would go on until they lost public support. Three more five-day strikes were confirmed yesterday on top of one planned for September 12-16 — the longest in the history of the NHS.
Only a third of junior doctors back rolling, all-out strikes – despite their union announcing the biggest walkout in NHS history, leaked documents reveal. A secret ballot earlier this summer showed that just 31.5 per cent supported a full walkout that was time limited. The rest said they preferred other options, including less drastic action or to accept the Government contract and get on with their jobs. It comes as the British Medical Association (BMA) announced that junior doctors would stage week-long walkouts once a month until Christmas, leading to the cancellation of 125,000 operations and a million appointments. Last night, there were growing questions about the level of support for the strike, which threatens to tip the entire NHS into crisis.
A week of strikes by junior doctors later this month will be followed by THREE MORE five day walkouts by medics in October, November and December, it has been revealed. The British Medical Association announced the new strikes a day after they revealed that junior doctors would walkout for five days of all-out stoppages from 12 September. The new strikes announcement comes amid the worst industrial relations dispute in the history of the NHS, the BBC reports. Junior doctors will stage a series of five-day strikes, starting this month, in a dramatic escalation of their fight against Jeremy Hunt’s “unsafe” seven-day NHS plan. Medics, including emergency staff, will walk out between 8am and 5pm every day from September 12-16.
Junior doctors in England are to hold monthly strike action for the remainder of 2016, the British Medical Association has announced. Here are the key developments: The action will take place from 8am to 5pm between September 12 and 16, October 5 and 11, November 14 and 18, and December 5 and 9; Prime Minister Theresa May accused the BMA of ‘playing politics’, while Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said doctors were being ‘very confrontational’; The BMA said it will call off industrial action if the Government agrees not to impose the new contracts; Six strikes have already taken place across England during the dispute *Senior doctors have urged their junior colleagues to call off the strikes.
BREXIT minister David Davis has revealed the UK is seeking tariff-free access to the European Union (EU). The Tory MP said a good trading relationship is in the interests of the other members as well as Britain, but he warned the country has to take control of its borders and control the number of people coming in. He said: “What we will seek to do is ideally to have a tariff-free access, but this is a matter of negotiation, and we will be negotiating over an issue which I suspect we will find is in the interest of the other members of the EU as well as us, to get a good trading relationship in the long run.” Mr Davis was in Belfast for talks with Stormont First Minister Arlene Foster and Sinn Fein.
Brexit Secretary David Davis has said the UK will go into talks with EU states looking for tariff-free access to the single market. Mr Davis, who will be playing a lead role in negotiations, said it would be in other EU states’ interest to maintain a good relationship with the UK. It comes after Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the UK would seek curbs on migration at the same time, something other EU leaders have not viewed favourably. Mr Davis told reporters on a visit to Northern Ireland: “With respect to access to the single market, what we will seek to do is ideally have a tariff-free access but this is a matter of negotiation. “We will be negotiating over an issue I suspect is in the interest of other members of the EU and others to get a good trading relationship in the long run.”
It was not quite a bridge over troubled waters but Boris Johnson was hardly the guest of honour at a meeting of European foreign ministers in Germany. The British Foreign Secretary was left looking lonely for a moment as ministers gathered on the Glienicker Bridge during events for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in the eastern German city of Potsdam today. But Mr Johnson later got in the swing of things, talking to colleagues and meeting with German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Mr Johnson insisted the UK would remain a ‘dedicated European power’ even after it left the EU, at an international security policy meeting in Germany. Mr Johnson added that Brexit would not cut Britain off from the continent. Mr Johnson said his attendance was ‘part of the broader message that we’re making to the world that, whatever our relationship is going to be with the treaties of the European Union, the United Kingdom is not leaving Europe’.
Prime minister Theresa May is making all the noises that the pro-Brexit camp wants to hear: Article 50 will be triggered in early 2017, the UK’s priority will be opting out of the EU’s freedom of movement rights for immigrants, and parliament will not get a vote on the deal, she says. That last part is crucial: There is a pro-Remain majority inside the House of Commons, and if parliament were to ever get a substantive vote on Article 50 it could stop Britain leaving the EU. In fact, the referendum is merely advisory to government and the House of Commons is well within its constitutional rights to ignore it. So May ruling out a parliament vote on Article 50 is a crucial stake in the ground for her.
Britain is ideally seeking tariff-free access to the European Union’s single market combined with curbs on immigration, the minister in charge of negotiating the country’s exit from the bloc said on Thursday. Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday she was seeking a unique relationship with the European Union, in an apparent rejection of suggestions from other EU states that Britain must choose between free trade and migration limits. “With respect to access to the single market, what we will seek to do is ideally have a tariff-free access but this is a matter of negotiation,” David Davis told reporters in Northern Ireland.
Scots do not want another referendum on independence before Britain leaves the EU — and would vote “no” if one were held, according to a Times poll. The results are published on the morning of Nicola Sturgeon’s fresh push for separation. The first minister will today announce her new strategy to convert more voters to her cause but the research by YouGov reveals the scale of the task, with the split among Scots barely diminished from the date of the Scottish independence referendum on September 18, 2014.
SCOTTISH Labour and Liberal Democrats confirmed yesterday that they will not support the government’s proposal for a second independence referendum following the vote to leave the EU. Earlier this summer, both parties backed a motion giving the Scottish government a mandate to discuss all options to keep Scotland in the EU. However, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie accused Ms Sturgeon of consigning the cross-party consensus “to the dustbin.” In June, Ms Sturgeon told opposition MSPs that their support for the motion giving her a mandate for talks was “not a vote for a referendum on independence.” But Mr Rennie said Ms Sturgeon had “betrayed those words she uttered in parliament” by failing to explore all options to keep Scotland’s EU status and instead had opted for independence.
The Green Party of England and Wales will name its new leader at its party conference in Birmingham on Friday. There are seven candidates bidding to replace Natalie Bennett, including former leader Caroline Lucas, who wants the role on a job share basis with Jonathan Bartley, the party’s work and pensions spokesman. A number of positions on the party’s executive are also up for grabs.
All paid up members of the party were eligible to vote in the election.