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Patient safety concerns were chief reason for strike suspension, says BMA

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 06 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4844
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

The BMA’s cancellation of next week’s five day strike by junior doctors in England was primarily due to warnings from trainees, senior doctors, and NHS managers that the safety of patients would be put at greater risk than in previous strikes, because of the strike’s longer duration and the shorter notice given by the BMA of the action.

The BMA said in a statement on Monday 5 September that although it had provided more than the legally required seven days’ notice NHS England said that it needed more time to plan for escalated action.1

The BMA’s Junior Doctors Committee called the strike on Wednesday 31 August, giving the NHS 12 days to prepare for full withdrawal of junior doctors’ labour between 8 am and 5 pm for five consecutive weekdays from 12 to 16 September. Previous strikes each lasted for a maximum of 48 hours and gave longer notice.2 …

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