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Strike cannot be justified and could harm patients, GMC warns

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4805 (Published 05 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4805
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers

Planned strike action by junior doctors in England cannot be justified and could harm patients, the General Medical Council has warned.

The BMA announced last week that junior doctors in England will stage four rounds of industrial action from September until December. Each round will comprise full withdrawal of labour between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm for five consecutive weekdays.1

Terence Stephenson, chair of the GMC, said that the BMA’s announcement marked a “substantial escalation” on previous industrial action because it involved the removal of emergency care, a rolling …

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