JUNIOR doctors in Solihull are today taking part in the first all-out strike in the NHS’ history.
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.
Junior doctors started strike action at 8am on Tuesday (April 26) and will continue until 5pm before resuming again between 8am and 5pm on Wednesday (April 27).
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 have been postponed today (April 26) and a further 475 outpatient appointments postponed tomorrow (April 27).
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.