Workforce boss at West Suffolk Hospital claims junior doctors’ strike is ‘not surprising’

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds ANL-150319-095611001
West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds ANL-150319-095611001

The director in charge of workforce at the West Suffolk Hospital says it’s ‘not surprising’ that junior doctors have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action, in their dispute with ministers over a new contract.

Jan Bloomfield told Mark Murphy that as an organisation it’s ‘in their interest’ to make sure their junior doctors are fit to work and get appropriate rest.

She added: “Junior doctors will be able to speak out if they feel their rota isn’t fit for purpose.”

Thousands of junior doctors across the country are expected to participate in all-out strike action for the first time in response to a new contract proposed by the Government.

The contract, which would be implemented for doctors up to consultant level, would replace one which the Government claims is ‘outdated’.

Despite a final attempt by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to appease doctors, which included the promise of an 11 per cent rise in basic pay, more than 95 per cent of junior doctors voted in favour of industrial action.

The first walk-out is expected to take place on December 1 with further strike action planned on December 8 and 16.