NHS

Junior doctors stage all-out strike

Amy Schofield 26 April 2016

The first all-out strike by junior doctors is being held today.

Junior doctors walked out of routine and energency care at 8am in protest over Jeremy Hunt's changes to their contracts. Speaking to the BBC, he described the latest stoppage as a "very bleak day". 

It is the first time that emergency care services such as Accident and Emergency, maternity and intensive care have been affected by the series of strikes by junior doctors.

Further strike action is due to take place next Wednesday.

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Hunt said: "The reason this has happened is because the government has been unable to negotiate sensibly and reasonably with the BMA."

NHS England said that "military level" contingency planning was in place to protect urgent and emergency care.

Almost 13,000 routine operations and more than 100,000 patient appointments have been cancelled to ensure that enough members of staff are free to replace striking doctors. Hospitals can request that junior doctors return to work if needed during the strike.

 

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