8th Dec, 2016

Solihull Hospital prepares for second day of junior doctor strikes

Solihull Editorial 27th Apr, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

SOLIHULL Hospital is preparing for the second day of all-out strikes by junior doctors.

As part of the ongoing dispute between the Government’s Department of Health and the British Medical Association (BMA) junior doctors will not be working in A&E for a second day running.

The strike is the first all-out strike in the NHS’ history.

Junior doctors started strike action at 8am yesterday and finished at 5pm before continuing again at 8am this morning.

The strike will finish at 5pm.

The two-day strike is the latest in a series of industrial action carried out by junior doctors over the over the imposition of an unpopular new contract this summer which they say would forced them to work longer hours with no extra pay.

Across the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, 521 outpatient appointments were postponed yesterday and a further 475 outpatient appointments have been postponed today.

They argue this would result in junior doctors being overworked and therefore more likely to make mistakes and potentially put patients’ lives at risk.

All services are expected to remain up and running at Solihull Hospital, though patients should consider visiting pharmacists, their GP, or calling NHS 111 than visiting A&E.