NHS junior doctors to stage five consecutive days of strikes in September

The British Medical Association has announced a new wave of strikes by junior doctors in England over their contract, beginning with an unprecedented five-day walkout this month.

The latest action, agreed by the BMA council on Wednesday, is the first since its members rejected the the government’s final offer on the contract and will commence with a “full withdrawal of labour” between 12 and 16 September, with further dates to be announced.

Junior doctors , including those working in emergency departments, will walk out between 8am and 5pm on the days in question.

The BMA said it had made repeated attempts over the past two months to work constructively with the government to address the outstanding areas of concern, including the impact on those junior doctors not working full time, a majority of whom are women, and on those working the most weekends, typically in specialties where there is already a shortage of doctors.

Full story in The Guardian 31 August 2016