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Junior doctors in Redbridge to stage 48-hour walkout

PUBLISHED: 18:42 05 April 2016 | UPDATED: 18:42 05 April 2016

Today is the third occasion doctors have gone on stirke in this dispute. Pictured here is a picket line outside St Thomas' Hospital in February, during the last walkout (Picture: PA)

Today is the third occasion doctors have gone on stirke in this dispute. Pictured here is a picket line outside St Thomas' Hospital in February, during the last walkout (Picture: PA)

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Junior doctors at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust will only provide “emergency care only” from 8am on Wednesday until Friday morning.

If no agreement is reached after this, a 48-hour walk out, where no emergency care will be provided is planned from 8am to 5pm on April 26 and 27.

Today’s strike is the fourth held in the ongoing dispute between the British Medical Association, who represents the junior doctors, and the Department of Health, over proposed contract changes involving pay and working hours.

Chief executive Matthew Hopkins said he would welcome a resolution to the ongoing dispute as soon as possible.

He said: “Our overriding priority is to ensure we continue to provide high standards of patient safety and care at all times.

“We have contacted all patients whose appointment or planned surgery will be affected, and have put in place measures which will enable us to make real-time assessments of staffing levels on the strike days, so we can ensure a quick response to any issues which develop.

“Junior doctors are a very important part of our multi-disciplinary teams and we value the huge contribution they make to patient care.

“However, we are very conscious of the disruption being caused to our patients and staff by the continuing industrial action, and would welcome a resolution to the dispute at the earliest opportunity.”

In February, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced all junior doctors would be forced to accept a new contract without agreement or further negotiation.

In a statement released by the British Medical Association (BMA) Dr Johann Malawana, BMA junior doctor committee chair, said that decision was fundamentally unfair:

“No junior doctor wants to take this action but the government has left us with no choice and will bear direct responsibility for the first full walkout of doctors in this country.

“We want to end this dispute through talks but the government is making this impossible, it is flatly refusing to engage with junior doctors, has done nothing to halt industrial action and is wilfully ignoring the mounting chorus of concerns over its plans to impose coming from doctors, patients and senior NHS managers.

“Faced with this reality what else can junior doctors do?”


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