Thousands of doctors in it United Kingdom have warned that next week they will carry out a four day strikewhich will seriously affect society.
Dr. Layla McCay, director of policy for the Confederation of the National Health Service (NHS for its acronym in English) advanced that this measure of force could have a much greater impact than the one carried out last month -which lasted three days-. At that time some 175,000 appointments and procedures had to be postponed before the cessation of activities of the doctors junior while, in the upcoming strike, the figure would rise to four millions.
“The impact is going to be so considerable that it is likely to have an impact on patient safety and that is a huge concern for all health care authorities.”commented McCay in dialogue with BBC Radio 4.
The announced measure of force will begin on Tuesday and it will be headed by young professionals who have been demanding and seeking for the Executive to sit at the negotiating table for a long time.
In the middle of the cost of living crisis driven by the sharp increases in food and energy pricesthe population has had to struggle to pay their bills since union wages have fallen in real terms over the past decade. Specifically, the British Medical Association reported that young doctors have been among the most affected since have lost more than 26% of their salaries in real terms during the last 15 years.
That is why employees demand increases in their remuneration that are reasonable and allow them to compensate for inflationwhich exceeds 10% according to the latest official figures.
This claim has spread to various public sectors in the country, which have carried out their own strikes. For example, last week the passport office workers began a five-week strike and the security officers at london heathrow international airport they were absent from work for 10 days.
Also, they have spearheaded these claims train and bus drivers, postal workers, ambulance drivers and nursesAnd till teachers.
Even at the beginning of February, half a million workers -including professors, university staff and public transport drivers- carried out the biggest strike in a decade in the country.
This episode forced thousands of establishments to close and hundreds of passengers suffered train and bus delays, which meant that many people had to take the day off or resort to teleworking.
According to the general secretary of the Trade Union Confederation (TUC), Paul Nowak, the measure sought send a strong message to the government about the anger felt by a growing number of workers.
However, it does not seem to have had the desired effect since the last days the teachers met with the cabinet of the prime minister Rishi Sunak to negotiate a raise but they rejected the proposal that was offered to them since they classified it as “unacceptable”.
Given this, they once again threatened to organize strikes on April 27 and May 2, further affecting parents and students.
(With information from AP)
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