70 Morecambe Bay doctors back strike action

Lancaster Royal Infirmary Hospital.'Accident and Emergency.
Lancaster Royal Infirmary Hospital.'Accident and Emergency.

Seventy senior doctors and GPs across the Morecambe Bay area have expressed “grave concern” over new government contracts for junior doctors.

Junior doctors are due to start a series of strikes starting on December 1, with two days of full walk-out on December 8 and December 15.

Dr David Wrigley

Dr David Wrigley

Dr David Wrigley, a Carnforth GP and member of the British Medical Association (BMA) Council said hospital doctors working in specialties like A&E, which already has difficulty recruiting trainees, will be particularly badly affected. University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust (UHMBT), which employs 58 junior doctors at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI) and 35 and Furness General Hospital, said it was too early to tell whether the strikes would affect appointments.

UHMBT Medical Director, Dr David Walker said: “The Trust has plans to deal with a range of disruptions including industrial action. We continue to work through the practical arrangements to ensure there are robust plans that protect the safety, welfare and service provided to our patients.

“These plans also include a full and proper response in the event of a major incident.”

Dr Wrigley said: “Many hospital doctors will see cuts in their pay and those training for general practice will also be hit. This is not only unjust but disastrous in view of the lack of GPs across the UK.

“Many other conditions are being imposed on junior doctors making their contract unsafe and unfair.

“It will be most damaging for those doctors who are working part time, those on maternity leave and doctors undertaking important medical research.

“Too many junior doctors are already leaving the UK because of government policies towards the NHS and this imposed contract will accelerate the exodus.

“We support junior doctors fully in their fight to retain safe working conditions and a fair contract. Tired doctors make mistakes.”

The open letter signed by the 70 Morecambe Bay area doctors reads:

As senior doctors who have worked in Morecambe Bay for many years, we write to express our grave concern about the government’s intention to impose an unsafe and unfair contract on our junior colleagues. Junior doctors are not ‘junior’ and are often in their 30s having undergone extensive medical training prior to becoming GPs or hospital consultants. Junior doctors work in every part of a hospital or general practice and they are the backbone of the NHS.

Sadly the government does not seem to recognise this and threatens to impose an unacceptable contract on our junior colleagues. Many hospital doctors will see cuts in their pay and those training for general practice will also be hit. This is not only unjust but disastrous in view of the lack of GPs across the UK.

Many other conditions are being imposed on junior doctors making their contract unsafe and unfair. It will be most damaging for those doctors who are working part time, those on maternity leave and doctors undertaking important medical research. Hospital doctors working in specialties like Accident and Emergency, a specialty that already has difficulty recruiting trainees, will also be particularly badly affected.

Too many junior doctors are already leaving the UK because of government policies towards the NHS and this imposed contract will accelerate the exodus.

We support junior doctors fully in their fight to retain safe working conditions and a fair contract. Tired doctors make mistakes.

Local patients need to lobby their MPs and show support for their doctors and the NHS. Everyone will need the local NHS one day.

The unprecedented number of doctors who voted for strike action show how angry our colleagues are and we stand with them as one profession to seek a safe and fair contract and to protect the NHS. We call upon the government to accept the BMAs proposal to work with the arbitration service ACAS to solve this dispute for the good of our patients and the good of the NHS.

The doctors are listed below:

Dr D Wrigley, GP, Carnforth, Lancashire

Mr B Rhodes, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr T Raymond, Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon

Dr D McGowan, Consultant Physician

Dr M Bukhari, Consultant Rheumatologist

Mr T Millar, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr J Barker, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Furness General Hospital

Mr M Shams, General Surgery

Mrs E Davies, Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon, Lancaster

Dr S Kolpattil, Consultant Radiologist

Dr B Saha, Consultant Paediatrician, FGH

Dr J Keating, Consultant Gastroenterologist

Dr M Entwistle, Consultant Anaesthetist, RLI

Dr I Parkinson, Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr D Walmsley, Consultant Endocrinologist

Dr T Oldham, Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr D Fyfe, Consultant in Medical Oncology

Dr M Saqib, Associate Specialist in Urology

Dr A Knox, GP, Ash Trees Surgery, Carnforth

Dr B Wilson, Consultant Paediatrician, RLI

Dr M Pasztor, Consultant Microbiologist

Dr M Brown, Consultant Histopathologist

Mr S Sinha, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Mr R Parmeshwar, Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon

Mr A Jain, Consultant Urological Surgeon

Dr A Szymczakowski Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr S Harding, Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr M S Bhuiyan, Consultant Anaesthetist, FGH

Dr B Page, Associate Specialist Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine

Dr L Radhakrishnan, Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr R Datta, Associate specialist, Emergency Medicine

Dr B Patel, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist

Dr D Roche, Emergency Medicine, FGH

Dr A Smith, Consultant Anaesthetist, RLI

Dr L Braddock, GP, Rosebank Surgery, Lancaster

Dr R Keith, GP, Rosebank Surgery, Lancaster

Dr K Boothroyd, Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr M Kumar, Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr K Sidhu, GP, Queen Sq Surgery, Lancaster

D R Carruthers, GP, Rosebank Surgery, Lancaster

Dr J Bass, GP, Rosebank Surgery, Lancaster

Ms S Ahmed, Consultant ENT Surgeon, RLI

Dr C Rimmer, Consultant Anaesthestist

Dr M Woodbridge, GP, Ash Trees Surgery, Carnforth

Dr E Palkonyai, Consultant Rheumatologist, RLI

Dr M Tautz, Consultant in Pain Management

Dr L Kingston, GP, Owen Rd Surgery, Lancaster

Dr F Laing, GP, Garstang

Dr D Cheung, GP, Ash Trees Surgery, Carnforth

Dr S Fraser, GP, Coastal Medical Group, Morecambe

Dr M Peat, GP, Coastal Medical Group, Morecambe

Dr H Thomas, GP, Ash Trees Surgery, Carnforth

Dr C Kerr, Consultant Anaesthetist, FGH

Dr G Jifon, Consultant Respiratory Physician

Dr A Gallagher, GP, Rosebank Surgery, Lancaster

Mr S Morgan, Consultant Ophthalmologist, WGH

Dr A Baldwin, Consultant Anaesthetist

Mr S Garg, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr A Kochar, Ophthalmic surgeon

Mr M Singhai, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr M Soole, GP, Queen Sq Surgery, Lancaster

Dr S Wetherell, GP, Queen Sq Surgery, Lancaster

Dr G Mechie, GP, Owen Rd Surgery, Lancaster

Dr A Partington, GP, Owen Rd Surgery, Lancaster

Mr S Radcliffe, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Ms J Alcide, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Mr S Gandavaram, Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon

Mr R Sinha, Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon

Dr M Formosa, Consultant Paediatrician

Dr M Baldam, Consultant Anaesthetist