Thousands Walk Out in Junior Doctors’ Strike
Junior doctors are taking part in the first strike for 40 years today, walking out due to a row over new contracts. The walkout began at 8am this morning, with thousands of operations and hospital cancellations causing patients to have to utilise other NHS services where possible. People have been warned to only attend A&E in genuine emergencies today and to be aware that hospital services will be under increased pressure as a result of the strike.
The dispute between the government and junior doctors is over a new contract which would mean that doctors would receive an 11% rise in basic pay, but extra pay for weekends and evenings would be cut. The British Medical Association (BMA) claims that the new proposal devalues the work that doctors do in unsocial hours and that the rise in basic pay is misleading. Strike action by junior doctors has been threatened before, with three strikes being called off at the last minute on 30th November after the BMA, NHS and the government agreed to a continuation in talks.
Have you been affected by today’s junior doctors’ strike?