22nd Oct, 2016

Angry junior doctors have been forced to cancel first in series of strikes

Aisling Kiely 8th Sep, 2016 Updated: 22 hours ago

ANGRY junior doctors in Solihull have been forced to pull the plug on the first in their series of strikes following patient safety concerns.

The action expected to take place on September 12 has now been cancelled.

However, the planned strikes for October, November and December are still expected to take place.

The series of strikes – which mark the longest industrial action taken in NHS history – are part of an ongoing dispute between the Government’s Department of Health and British Medical Association (BMA) over working longer hours for no extra pay.

The junior doctors fear the proposed working arrangements in the new contract could potentially put patients lives at risk due to exhaustion.

Dr Ellen Court, who spearheaded the industrial action, has warned strike action could increase if the new contract is not re-considered.

The proposed strikes:

October 5 to 7

October 10 and 11

November 11 to 14

December 5 to 9