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RCR statement on the junior doctors’ industrial action

Created - 05.09.2016

Friday 2 September 2016

The Royal College of Radiologists is unable to support the statement issued yesterday by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (http://www.aomrc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Proposed_further_strike_action_010916-5.pdf) because it does not advance a positive solution for patient care or the provision of safe and sustainable NHS services.  We remain of the view that the dispute between junior doctors and the Government can only be resolved by resuming negotiations. Once again, we call on both parties to re-start the discussions and reach a workable solution as soon as possible, to avoid further distress to and impact on patients.  Each individual junior doctor will make up their own mind on taking strike action – and we should all respect those decisions.

The underlying problem remains that the NHS is under resourced, under staffed and overstretched.

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