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Fifth junior doctor strike in Ilford forces trust to postpone 4000 appointments

PUBLISHED: 09:35 27 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:46 27 April 2016

Junior doctors strike  King George Hospital Barley Lane.

Junior doctors strike King George Hospital Barley Lane.

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Junior doctors at King George Hospital, Barley Lane, Goodmayes, have gone on strike for a second day as the row over proposed contract changes continues.

Across King George and Queen’s Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford, 4000 outpatient appointments and 90 surgeries have been postponed as junior doctors walk out from 8am to 5pm.

For the first time, they will not provide emergency care, unlike the four previous industrial strikes.

Yesterday, more than 15 doctors gathered on the picket line outside the hospital, where junior doctor Ishita Sinha, 26, said it was “horrible” to be stood outside.

She said: “We are striking together to show solidarity.

“We all think it’s unsafe and unfair but it was a very hard decision to go on strike this morning.”

Figures released by NHS England showed that nationally, 78 per cent of junior doctors due in work did not turn up on Tuesday.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust (BHRUT) has warned people not to come to its A&E departments during the strike unless they need emergency care – or they will be redirected to other services outside the hospitals.

Additional appointments will be available at GP hubs, and there will be 16 extra GPs working.

Pharmacies can give advice on more minor illnesses, and out-of-hours GP appointments can be booked until 10pm on the strike days by calling 020 3770 1888.

For more information, visit bhrhospitals.nhs.uk.

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