Professor Neena Modi, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and a number of other Royal College presidents have sent a letter to David Cameron in response to the on-going dispute between junior doctors and the Government about junior doctor contracts. They call for an end to this damaging stand-off ahead of tomorrow’s planned industrial action.
Dear Prime Minister,
You have spoken many times about your commitment to the NHS. In our view, as leaders of the medical profession, the ongoing impasse in the dispute between Government and junior doctors poses a significant threat to our whole healthcare system by demoralising a group of staff on whom the future of the NHS depends. At this eleventh hour, we call upon you to intervene, bring both parties back to the negotiating table, end this damaging stand-off, and initiate an honest debate about the serious difficulties facing UK health services.
Professor Neena Modi, president, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Dr Liam Brennan, president, Royal College of Anaesthetists
Professor Derek Bell, president, Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh
Professor Jane Dacre, president, Royal College of Physicians London
Dr Suzy Lishman, president, Royal College of Pathologists
Dr Giles Maskell, president, Royal College of Radiologists
Dr David Richmond, president, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Professor David Galloway, president, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Professor Maureen Baker, chair, Royal College of General Practitioners
Dr Chris Wilkinson, president, Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare
Dr Anna Batchelor, dean, Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine
Professor Carrie McEwan, president, Royal College of Ophthalmologists
Professor Alan Boyd, president, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine