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Johnny Mercer Responds to NHS Junior Doctors’ Strike
On Wednesday, 4th January, NHS junior doctors began a 6-day strike. The longest of its kind, industrial action taken by the British Medical Association has placed services under immense pressure. Johnny Mercer, Member of Parliament for Plymouth Moor View, has written a statement:
“It has been a particularly difficult period with the Junior Doctor strikes at Derriford and I pay tribute to all those who are picking up shifts to cover for them. I profoundly disagree with their action – that some have not returned to work when requested on safety grounds – as reported in the Times this morning – is beyond the pale.
“I couldn’t strike in the Military; while I want everyone to be paid more, lots of us have worked incredibly hard to reduce waiting times and improve outcomes and experiences at Derriford over the last year – it is a whole team effort. It is really, really tough work for clinicians and managers alike. It really upsets me seeing some of that work drain away because of strike action, called at the very hardest time of year for healthcare workers.”