Doncaster march to be held in support of junior doctors’ strike

Doncaster Royal Infirmary. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP DRI MC 2
Doncaster Royal Infirmary. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP DRI MC 2

Protestors are set to gather at Doncaster Royal Infirmary next week to take part in a march in support of the junior doctors’ strike. 




The march is due to take place on the first day of the junior doctors’ strike on Tuesday, April 26.

It will assemble at 10am and commence at 10.30am outside Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Armthorpe Road, ending at the market place in Doncaster town-centre for a rally.

Local BMA (British Medical Association) Representative, Selene Chew, said: “The Junior Doctors are calling this demonstration as we want to highlight the danger this contract poses to the NHS.

“It will stretch an already over-stretched and understaffed NHS to breaking point, paving the way for privatisation.

“The imposed contract will cause doctors to tire and burn out quicker, it openly discriminates against female doctors and parents, leaving an unsustainable NHS workforce.

“It also has a wider implication on all NHS staff and social care.

“We want the public to know that we are fighting to save this NHS, our NHS, from an un-costed, un-modelled and understaffed service, which is unsafe for patients and unfair to doctors.

“The NHS is the most pure form of human compassion I know, and is worth fighting for.

“The Junior Doctors are calling this demonstration as we want to highlight the danger this contract poses to the NHS. It will stretch an already over-stretched and understaffed NHS.”

Tuesday and Wednesday will see doctors take part in the first ever stoppages involving emergency care.

As part of next week’s two day strike medics are set to walk out of A&E, intensive care and maternity units.

Doctors are striking over a new contract which requires them to work more weekends for less pay on Saturdays.

Basic pay will increase by 13.5 per cent to compensate.

However, there is no additional funding being offered, so junior doctors fear the current workforce will be spread too thinly and rotas will be understaffed more often during the week, endangering patients.

The General Medical Council has now issued advice saying striking may not be the ‘right option’ in some places.

It has also expressed concern about the impact of the dispute on patients - after almost 25,000 operations and treatments were postponed because of industrial action.

Members of the Doncaster People’s Assembly are also set to take part in the demonstration.

A spokesman for the group said: “In a BMA ballot of junior doctors last November 98 per cent of those who voted supported taking industrial action demonstrating the strength of opposition to the Government’s plans.

“Imposing this contract will seriously undermine the ability of the NHS to recruit and retain junior doctors in addition we have already seen NHS chief executives refusing to support an imposition and patient

representatives have said they are appalled by this move.

“Added to this the Government’s former adviser on patient safety has said it should apologise to junior doctors over the contract dispute.

“The Government must listen to the chorus of concern coming from all quarters and reconsider its approach.

“All members of the public are welcome to join the demonstration & listen to the speakers views as to why the Junior Doctors should be supported.”