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Junior doctors will take industrial action next week

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 02 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i639
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Junior doctors will go ahead with industrial action next week as planned, the BMA says, because talks on the new contract have foundered.

BMA negotiators blamed the government’s “entrenched position” in refusing to recognise Saturday working as unsocial hours, together with its continued threat to impose a contract on junior doctors that the profession regards as unsafe.

Rather than a full walkout including withdrawing emergency cover as originally threatened, emergency care will be provided, but the action will now last for a full 24 hours.

Junior doctors will provide only emergency care from 8 am on Wednesday 10 February to 8 am on Thursday 11 February. Previously, a full walkout with no emergency cover had been threatened from 8 am to 5 pm on 10 February.

Plans for an …

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