Junior Doctors Walk Out for Second Time
I’m sure many of you will remember how the country was affected by the first junior doctors’ strike that happened less than a month ago. Now, as junior doctors are planning another 24-hour strike today, up to 3,000 operations are believed to have been cancelled and check-ups and appointments are set to be disrupted. The dispute over junior doctors’ pay, especially pay for working on Saturdays, could lead to a series of rolling strikes if talks between the BMA and the government continue to break down.
To put the strike into perspective, there are around 50,000 junior doctors in England, many of which will be walking out today. The term junior doctor covers those who have just left medical school right up to doctors with a decade’s worth of experience.
How will the strike affect us this time round? Today’s strike means that junior doctors will not be available to do non-urgent work meaning certain services are likely to be reduced or unavailable. However, A&E services will continue to run throughout the strike, as will GP services which will be open as usual.
Have you been affected by today’s strikes? Let us know in the comment box below.