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Thursday, 26 November 2009

Option 7 campaign extended

BMA Cymru Wales has decided to extend the Option 7 campaign which is aimed at improving the lives of junior doctors in Wales.

We have taken this decision due to the increasingly alarming picture which has emerged since we launched the campaign in July this year.

Junior doctors have been afraid to voice concerns for fear of repercussions. I want to re-iterate the message that the option 7 phone line is completely confidential. If you are experiencing a problem with insufficient locum cover, intimidation, lack of training opportunities or anything else, please do contact us.

Together with BMA Welsh council chairman Dr Andrew Dearden, I have been meeting with the chairs and chief executives of the new NHS health boards in Wales where we have been offering support to employers to resolve the problems highlighted, and have been drawing up an action plans to resolve these problems. We have also met with many junior doctors to really get to grips with the issues that we are faced with.

The types of problems that have been reported to us will not be tolerated. It is vital that you come forward so we can put an end to what could be affecting careers and patient safety.

If you are a junior doctor and wish to raise a concern with a BMA adviser the hotline number is 0300 123 123 3, then select option 7.

You can also fill out a form on the BMA website.

To get involved and show you support for our campaign, join our facebook group.

And follow the campaign updates on Twitter.

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