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Safe care can’t be guaranteed if five day strikes go ahead, NHS boss warns

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4895 (Published 08 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4895
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. Manchester

NHS England’s chief executive has warned junior doctors that further planned strikes will do patients “no good” and that trusts will be unable to guarantee safe care.

Asked about the dispute at NHS England’s Expo 2016 conference in Manchester on Wednesday 7 September, Simon Stevens said that he was studying new assessments made by hospitals of the likely effects of further planned five day strikes by junior doctors. Though the five day strike set to begin on Monday 12 September has been cancelled,1 three more are scheduled to take place: one every month till the …

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