The Labour Group at Sheffield City Council has thrown its support behind junior doctors over the appalling contract that the government has attempted to impose on them.
The British Medical Association has labeled the new contract “unsafe for patients and unfair for doctors”. By weakening safeguards on the maximum number of hours junior doctors can work, there is a danger the new contract could put patient safety at risk.
At December’s Full Council meeting, Labour councillors backed a motion supporting junior doctors.
Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Equality said:
“The long-term costs of this new contract will put patient safety at risk. We had hoped that strike action would not be necessary, that the Government would see sense and change their plans. Junior doctors play a crucial role within our health system. The NHS wouldn’t be able to function without them.
“The way the Government has handled this dispute shows they don’t value the contribution our junior doctor’s make, and it’s further proof that the NHS is not safe in their hands.
“The Tories claim to be protecting the NHS, but the fact is that Office for National Statistics figures show that health expenditure as a percentage of GDP has fallen since the Tories came to power.
“The latest NHS figures show an NHS in crisis: Ambulance response times not being met, and cancer treatment and A&E waiting time targets being missed. And because of their lack of investment in social care services, we have record numbers of patients stuck in hospital despite being fit to leave.
“The NHS needs a substantial injection of additional funding, not a crude attempt to cut costs at the expense of staff and patients.”