The British Medical Association has said that they have been left with “no choice” but to escalate strike action next month to include a walk-out of emergency care.
The strikes will take place on the 26 and 27 April from 8am till 5pm as junior doctors continue to fight back against the governments plans to impose a new contract. The Department of Health has called the strike action “desperate and irresponsible” and warned it would harm patients, as during the strike action, consultants will have to be drafted to A&E’s which will cause mass disruption to the rest of the hospital.
It will become the first time ever that doctors have refused to provide cover in areas such as A&E and intensive care, the three strikes that have happened to far have seen junior doctors still posted in emergency care. Originally, a 48 walk out was to take place on the 26 and 27 April, with medics providing for emergency cover. However, as the government and the BMA keep failing to reach a compromise on a new contract for junior doctors, it was announced by BMA junior doctor leader Dr Johann Malawana that an all out strike would take place, saying that: “No junior doctor wants to take this action but the government has left us with no choice.”
A 48 hour stoppage will take place as planned on the 6 April, emergency cover will be provided during the stoppage.
Acting Head of News
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