Reacting to the news that Junior Doctors in Scotland have rejected the Scottish Government’s 14.5% pay offer and will be striking from 12 to 15 of July, Dr John-Paul Loughrey, Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) Vice President for Scotland said: “RCEM respects every individual’s right to take industrial action. We see every day the pressures Emergency Medicine (EM) professionals across Scotland face and recognise their concerns and frustrations. The effects of the stresses are clear to see with clinicians leaving the profession, and patients experiencing extreme waits.
“We hope that a resolution to the industrial dispute can be found quickly so that the inevitable disruption can be minimised; and that any pay deal reached includes SAS doctors and trainees who are crucial and valued members of the EM workforce.
“Patients needing emergency care during this period should still attend Emergency Departments but may experience longer waiting times. Any EM clinician who feels their service is becoming unsafe during the strike should escalate the matter though their Clinical Leads.”