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Junior doctor strikes had a “significant impact” on services but did not increase deaths, study finds

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 19 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k782
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Strike action taken by junior doctors in England in 2016 did not lead to an increase in patient deaths, researchers have found.1

However, the four periods of strike action, in protest against a new contract, did result in fewer hospital admissions, fewer emergency department attendances, and an increase in cancelled appointments, the study, published in BMJ Open, found.

The researchers compared hospital episode statistics for the four periods of industrial action, on 12 January, 10 February, …

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