Junior doctors set to strike next week

A STRIKE planned by junior doctors next week will go ahead after talks with the government failed to reach a solution.

Junior doctors will walk out of Basildon Hospital in a national dispute over new contracts.

However the 24-hour strike on 10 February, the second to go ahead in a month, will not be a full walkout like originally planned.

Emergency cover will still be provided by medics after the British Medical Association announced it wanted to minimise impact.

This follows a 24-hour walkout on 12 January, where 64 junior doctors walked out in Southend and 50 operations were cancelled.

In Basildon, 31 elective procedures and 127 outpatient appointments were postponed and at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, 180 junior doctors were on strike.

The following planned 48-hour walkout on 26-28 January was cancelled.

The strike followed claims that the Government’s offer of a 11 per cent basic pay rise in November would come at a cost to junior doctors.

They say it would mean a cut to the number of hours that junior doctors can claim as unsociable, meaning their current premium pay Monday to Friday 7pm-7am and at the weekend would be cut.

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