May 24, 2018

UK junior doctors begin full strike

UK junior doctors begin full strike

Jeremy Hunt and senior ministers have insisted they must win the battle with junior doctors, who are staging a historic walkout that will disrupt services including maternity, accident and emergency and intensive care.

The health secretary dashed any lingering hopes of a last-minute compromise when he told MPs that he was determined to impose the unpopular new contract to help turn the NHS into a seven-day service.

The strike is running from 8am to 5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. A&E and maternity units will be staffed almost entirely by senior consultants  as hospitals pull out the stops to ensure patient care is as safe as normal.

A very large majority of junior doctors are likely to strike, with only a tiny number expected to defy the picket lines, although the exact figures will be closely scrutinised.  Read more 

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