Junior Doctors’ Dispute: One More Intractable Quandry for an Over-Burdened NHS (BBC News)

Summary

When you can’t think anything pleasant or helpful to say, better to say nothing…

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Junior doctors row: Hospitals prepare for week of strikes.  London: BBC Health News, September 1st 2016.

Further BBC News coverage:

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Triggle, N. (2016). Junior doctors plan week of all-out strikes. London: BBC Health News, August 31st 2016.

Earlier (same video interview):

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Junior doctor strikes ‘to cause misery’ – Jeremy Hunt.  London: BBC Health News, August 31st 2016.

Hell-bent:

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Triggle, N. (2016). More five-day doctor strikes announced. London: BBC Health News, September 1st 2016.

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Triggle, N. (2016). Junior doctor row: a step into the unknown. London: BBC Health News, September 1st 2016.

Variations across the UK:

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Junior doctor dispute: views from the nations. London: BBC Health News, September 1st 2016.

Reactions from the mainstream:

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Triggle, N. (2016). Striking doctors ‘playing politics’, says PM. London: BBC Health News, September 1st 2016.

Regrettable disproportionality:

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Senior doctors react to planned series of five-day strikes. London: BBC Health News, September 1st 2016.

The General Medical Council cautioned against possible consequences arising from the impact of the timing and length of planned walkouts upon patient care / safety:

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GMC says patients will suffer if junior doctors’ strikes go ahead. London: BBC Health News, September 5th 2016.

A pragmatic concession:

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Triggle, N. (2016). Junior doctors call off next week’s strike. London: BBC Health News, September 5th 2016.

Royal Courts of Justice in London

On the “Justice for Health” legal challenge to the government’s ability to impose a new contract:

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Pym, H. (2016). Junior doctors’ dispute – what next? London: BBC Health News, September 7th 2016.

Further details:

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Junior doctors take contract fight to high court. London: BBC Health News, September 19th 2016.

BMA Choosing Battles Carefully

Junior doctors have suspended their series of planned five-day strikes during October, November and December, in the light of growing concerns about patient safety. A range of alternative actions are being planned, as the BMA is understood to be continuing the dispute by other means.

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Junior doctors call off five-day strikes over contracts. London: BBC Health News, September 19th 2016.

Further analysis:

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Pym, H. (2016). Junior doctors: No more strikes, so what next? London: BBC Health News, September 25th 2016.

There are three aspects to the legal challenge:

  1. The “lawfulness” of imposition of the contract.
  2. Whether the Jeremy Hunt (the Health Secretary) had informed the public and Parliament about the plans properly.
  3. The evidence behind the weekend effect and hence the underlying rationale for proposed changes (which some statisticians have recently been falling-over themselves to debunk).

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Junior doctors await court decision over contract. London: BBC Health News, September 28th 2016.

Low Morale Among Doctors?

A context of negative briefings and residual disaffection arising from the junior doctors dispute:

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Pym, H. (2016). Doctors, the BMA and ministers – the state of play. London: BBC Health News, October 27th 2016.

The General Medical Council has commented on poor morale among doctors, which it is alleged could put patients at risk.

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Bloch-Budzier, S. (2016). Doctors’ low morale ‘puts patients at risk’. London: BBC Health News, October 27th 2016.

Finis?

A welcome end to a troubling saga:

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Junior doctors lift threat of strike action over contract. London: BBC Health News, November 11th 2016.

Remedying Problems: The Potential Toll of Heavy Workloads

The General Medical Council (GMC) would like time allocated for training to be protected, so that junior doctors have opportunities to gain the experience and develop skills.

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Junior doctors’ training under threat, says GMC. London: BBC Health News, December 1st  2016.

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