More disruption on the way for patients as junior doctors back new wave of strike action

20 March 2024

Responding to the results of a ballot of British Medical Association doctors for strike action and action short of strikes, the deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery said:

"Today's announcement marks another worrying escalation in this lengthy dispute between the government and junior doctors.

"The resounding backing for six more months of strike action as well as action short of strikes – which is just as hard to plan for and manage – will inevitably lead to more disruption to patient care.

"The knock-on effects for trusts will also be a major worry for trust leaders and their teams who have spent countless hours preparing for strikes, including cancelling and rescheduling appointments while doing everything they can to protect patient safety. This is time that could have been spent improving patient care and tackling sky-high waiting lists.

"With today's results underlining the sheer strength of feeling among junior doctors, trust leaders are now facing anxious waits on three fronts with consultants voting on whether to accept their new deal, and specialist, associate specialist and specialty doctors being surveyed on their rejected deal.

"Alongside the nearly 1.5m appointments delayed since industrial action began, strikes are expected to cost the NHS an estimated £3bn. We cannot go on like this. Politicians and unions must urgently find a way to resolve all disputes for the sake of patients, staff and the NHS."