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Strong support for strike sends clear message to government, says BMA

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i188 (Published 12 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i188
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Tens of thousands of junior doctors turned out to express their unhappiness about proposed changes to their contract on the first day of industrial action by the medical profession for 40 years, on Tuesday 12 January.

The atmosphere among some 38 000 junior doctors on picket lines across England was described as one of solidarity and good natured, with strong public support. The walkout is backed by two thirds of the public (66%), showed the results of an Ipsos MORI poll for the Health Service Journal.

Johann Malawana, chair of the BMA’s Junior Doctors Committee, sounded a note of regret that negotiations with the government had failed to reach a resolution. He declared Tuesday “the saddest day in our profession’s recent …

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