Keir Starmer

Keir's reply to constituents about strike action by Junior Doctors

Junior Doctors have voted to take strike action. Read Keir Starmer's response to letters from constituents on this topic.



As I am sure you are aware, Junior Doctors have now voted overwhelmingly to take strike action over the new contract that Jeremy Hunt is trying to force on them.

I know from the many e-mails and letters I have received and from the emergency open meeting I held in October that many constituents and junior doctors are understandably angry and frustrated at the way the Health Secretary has gone about this.

Indeed, it is a mark of how badly the government has mismanaged its negotiations with the Junior Doctors that 98% of them felt compelled to vote in favour of strike action.

I know that strike action is – as junior doctors and the BMA have made clear – the last thing they want to do. But with a 76% turnout there can be no doubt that this reflects the strength of feeling among these doctors, who are the backbone of the NHS.

I wrote to the Health Secretary recently to express my dismay at the way the Government have treated junior doctors throughout this dispute and I have attached a copy of the response I have now received. As I am sure you will agree, the Minister’s response completely fails to address the central questions I and many of my colleagues have raised in recent weeks.

I still hope that even at this late stage, it will be possible to resolve this dispute. In order to do so, it is now vital that Jeremy Hunt immediately re-opens talks with the BMA without preconditions.



Keir Starmer, QC, MP