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Union raps top physician for suggesting doctors should not go on strike

Dr Sarah Clarke, new president of the Royal College of Physicians, said on Saturday she did not think the strike was

British Medical Association raps top doctor for suggesting doctors don’t go on strike

  • Dr Sarah Clarke said strike was the ‘right way’ for doctors’ pay dispute
  • The British Medical Association hit back and attacked Dr Clarke’s remarks
  • He told her to apologize for ‘undermining the collective efforts of the profession’
  • Dr Clarke is the new president of the Royal College of Physicians

The doctors’ union has attacked the country’s top doctor for suggesting he should not go on strike because of the risk to patient care.

Dr Sarah Clarke, new president of the Royal College of Physicians, said on Saturday she did not believe the strike was “the right way” to resolve pay disputes because “you are talking about patients here”.

The British Medical Association has called on him to apologize for “undermining the collective efforts of the profession”.

In a letter, seen by the Mail, the union suggested Dr Clarke may not “appreciate the plight of doctors elsewhere in the NHS”. He said industrial action appeared to be the only option for healthcare staff to challenge their “appalling treatment” by the government.

Dr Sarah Clarke, new president of the Royal College of Physicians, said on Saturday she did not think the strike was

Dr Sarah Clarke, new president of the Royal College of Physicians, said on Saturday she did not think the strike was “the right way” to resolve pay disputes because “you are talking about patients here”.

The BMA has called for a pay rise of up to 30 percent. He will vote for the striking junior doctor members if the government does not improve on its offer of a 2 per cent pay rise by the end of the month.

Dr Clarke, who said she sympathized with the ‘exhausted and demoralized’ workforce, then tried to clarify her remarks, saying she and the RCP supported union members’ right to strike.

Dr Clarke also admitted that it is not within the “regular remit of the RCP to comment on wage negotiations” as it is not a union.

But that wasn’t enough to quell the BMA’s fury, with chairman Prof Phil Banfield and vice-chairman Dr Emma Runswick writing to Dr Clarke on Sunday to express ‘serious concerns’ about his Remarks.

The British Medical Association has asked him to apologize for having

The British Medical Association demanded she apologize for ‘undermining the collective efforts of the profession’

Dr Runswick’s ‘wage restoration’ motion was overwhelmingly passed at the BMA conference in Brighton in June.

The young doctor from Salford told the conference doctors should not “be tempted to accept a pathetic future for our profession”.

The motion covered all doctors, including consultants who earn an average of £120,000 a year, GPs who earn an average of £100,000 and junior doctors, who typically earn between £29,000 and £58,000.

In response to the BMA’s letter, Dr Clarke issued a “sincere apology”.

In a statement posted on the RCP website, she said: “I have been deeply affected by the strength of the feelings expressed on social media and in other messages I have received and would like to apologize for my comments which I believe have been misrepresented.”

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