West Norfolk MP hopes docs’ deal is done

Striking junior doctors with an empty seat for health minister Jeremy Hunt  at their negotiating table outside West Suffolk Hospital ANL-160426-105008001
Striking junior doctors with an empty seat for health minister Jeremy Hunt at their negotiating table outside West Suffolk Hospital ANL-160426-105008001
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A move to the resolution of the junior doctor dispute nationally has been welcomed by North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham.

The British Medical Association has agreed a deal with the Government, via the conciliation service ACAS.

But that now has to be approved by its 40,000 members in a ballot next month.

The Government wants to see the doctors moving to seven-day working. There have been a series of 24- and 48-hour stoppages across the country by doctors including at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Sir Henry said: “I would like to pay tribute to the work done by ACAS in helping to find a resolution to this long- running dispute. I have always said that there has been faults on both sides, and it does now seem that common sense and goodwill are prevailing.

“This will also be warmly welcomed by very large numbers of constituents who have very high regard for junior doctors, but also want to see more operations taking place at the weekends.”