Junior doctors are planning strike action as they fight for safer rosters:
Junior doctors who voted to go on strike say they have no choice, because the exhaustion caused by long working hours is putting patient safety at risk.
And they’re facing bullying and threats because of it:
The Medical Council says junior doctors in several DHBs have been told their decision to strike will affect their career prospects.
Council chair Andrew Connolly has written to all DHBs, saying while the council has not received any formal complaints, he has been told a growing number of junior doctors in several DHBs are concerned their decision to strike will affect their career progression.
“A number of our younger colleagues have said, ‘look, this sort of comments going around in our department or in our hospital, you know I just feel a bit uncomfortable’. In the letter I pointed out one RMO had been told they wouldn’t obtain full registration if they went on strike.”
Mr Connolly said such comment was grossly incorrect, unhelpful and unacceptable.
These are classic strike-breaking tactics, trying to intimidate workers into not making a fuss – even when their current working hours could endanger people’s lives.