United Kingdom - General practitioners ballot on strike action – junior doctors have a deal - May 31, 2016

The British Medical Association’s (BMA) annual conference of LMCs, which represent GPs has voted to ballot on potential strike action, days after junior doctors reached a deal with the administration intended to end their bitter dispute. Hundreds voted in favour of canvassing GPs on their willingness to sign undated resignations and take industrial action in response to what they say is an inadequate rescue package from NHS England to stop services crumbling under unsustainable workloads and a severe recruitment crisis. The deal in the long-running dispute over a new junior doctors' contract has been agreed between government negotiators and the British Medical Association leadership after eight days of talks at conciliation service Acas. The deal includes several major changes in working conditions such as: the basic pay rise; the payment of supplementary hours; extra pay for night shifts (to be reduced from 50% to 37%) and extra support will be made available for doctors who take time out (i.e. maternity leave).

English: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/20/gp-leaders-vote-ballot-strike …

http://www.bbc.com/news/health … 

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