Junior doctors to withdraw emergency care in strikes
Junior doctors have announced they will strike between 8:00 and 17:00 on the 26th and 27th April.
Unlike previous strikes, however, which have only affected planned procedures, junior doctors in England will also refuse to provide emergency care.
According to the British Medical Association (BMA), these strikes are over Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s plans not to pay junior doctors extra for Saturday daytime shifts, instead he is planning to treat them as normal working days.
Hunt claims that no doctors working contracted hours will be affected, but the BMA doctors’ union says these changes will cut members’ income by 30% and make them work too much.
According to the BMA, emergency care will still be given during the strikes as hospitals have been given plenty of notice to ensure other staff, including consultants, are on duty. It highlights that doctors on strike would return to work if a major incident occurred.
Junior doctors will also strike for 48 hours on 6th April, but during this time emergency care will be provided; only planned procedures will be affected.