MDDUS support during industrial action

  • Date: 11 June 2012

MDDUS will provide full access to support and indemnity for all members taking part in the planned industrial action on 21 June – as per our normal service.

The BMA has indicated that doctors on duty taking part in the 24-hour action will be in their usual places of work and all urgent and emergency care will still be provided. Only non-urgent services will be affected.

MDDUS strongly advises members to take a cautious approach. Should you have any doubt about what constitutes urgent care – treat first and ask questions later. We encourage members to call our advice line if in any doubt over professional obligations now or on the day of action.

We also urge members to take heed of recent comments by GMC Chief Executive Niall Dickson: "The decision by the BMA Council to take industrial action is a matter for them. We have no role in relations between doctors and their employers. Our job is to protect patients and provide advice and support for doctors and our guidance is clear – a doctor’s first duty is to his or her patient.

"Doctors must make sure arrangements are in place to care for their patients before the action on the 21 June. As the BMA have made clear patient safety must come first - their actions must not harm patients or put them at risk.

"We recognise that the circumstances facing each doctor will be different – it will therefore be a matter for each individual to assess their own situation and make sure they follow this guidance."

Detailed leaflets on the professional responsibilities of both GPs and hospital doctors taking part in the action can be found on the BMA website.

MDDUS members can contact our advice line on 0845 270 2034.

This page was correct at the time of publication. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.

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