Junior doctors in historic NHS walk-out
JUNIOR doctors have begun the first day of a planned two-day strike today.
Hospitals are braced for the first all-day walk-out by doctors in a long-running row with the Government over planned changes to their contract.
The walk-out is the latest in a series of NHS strikes with doctors concerned over working hours and pay. Doctors are paid more for working unsocial hours at night or at the weekend at the moment, but under the new contract Saturdays will be paid at a normal rate for a rise in basic pay.
The strike will affect emergency services in England including A&E, maternity and intensive care. But parents should not worry as there will be contingency cover for emergencies.
An NHS website has been set up to advise that only adults and children with genuine emergency needs should go to A&E. Emergencies include major injuries, loss of consciousness, breathing difficulties, severe burns and severe bleeding.
Anyone who becomes ill with a non-urgent condition is advised to visit their local pharmacist, contact their GP, or call NHS 111. Minor injuries or illnesses, such as cuts, sprains and rashes, can be dealt with at a walk-in centre. The website also advises patients to be prepared for these services being busy during the strike period.
Today’s action is due to end at 5pm. A second day of strike action is planned for tomorrow from 8am until 5pm.
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