Industrial action statement

Professor Colin Melville, Medical Director and Director for Education and Standards at the GMC, said:

‘We’re deeply concerned about the impact industrial action is having on patients. It is vital that all parties come together again soon to reach a long-term solution to ensure the sustainability of the medical workforce, and the future of the health services.

‘It is not for us to take sides in the disputes, and we do not have a role in setting terms and conditions, including pay. But the continuing failure to reach an agreement is increasing risks to patient safety.

‘As we enter this next period of industrial action it is vital that the systems in place to monitor and protect patient safety are robust and appropriately followed. Because circumstances may change during a period of industrial action, we advise doctors who are due to work, but who are not attending due to strike action, to remain available during their scheduled working hours and be prepared to respond appropriately if this happens. Where a derogation is agreed we expect doctors to follow this to avoid risks to patient safety.’