Junior doctors strike to go ahead

JUNIOR doctors will walk out on strike next week after failing to reach an agreement with the government about changes to their contracts.

The British Medical Association (BMA) held its first strike last month which included all junior doctors, except those on call to provide emergency cover.

It was due to hold a full walkout on Wednesday, February 10, but following talks with the government, junior doctors providing emergency cover will not be part of the action.

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A statement on the BMA website said: “Despite the best efforts of our negotiating team, and hours of talks facilitated by Acas, we have not managed to reach agreement with NHS Employers and the Department of Health on the new junior doctors contract.

“As a result, the industrial action we planned for February 10 will be going ahead. However, rather than the planned full walkout, the action will mirror that of  January 12. 

“Junior doctors in England will be offering emergency care only for 24 hours from 8am on Wednesday, February 10 until Thursday, February 11 at 8am.”