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Live: Junior doctors strike in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 April 2016

File photo dated 17/10/2015 of the 'Let's Save the NHS' rally in London, as a ballot is due to close that could lead to thousands of junior doctors going on an "all-out" strike for the first time ever.

File photo dated 17/10/2015 of the 'Let's Save the NHS' rally in London, as a ballot is due to close that could lead to thousands of junior doctors going on an "all-out" strike for the first time ever.

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Residents are being warned they might face being turned away from the A&E department if they do not need emergency care today and tomorrow, as junior doctor strikes get underway.

Junior doctors will walk out from 8am to 5pm today and tomorrow, and for the first time, they will not provide emergency care, unlike the four previous industrial strikes.

This will affect departments at King George Hospital, in Barley Lane, Goodmayes, which were previously exempt from industrial action, such as Accident & Emergency, intensive care and maternity departments.

Now 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.

Ahead of the strikes, a British Medical Association spokesman has said that emergency care will still be provided, but by consultants instead.

This is the fifth time staff has taken industrial action over proposed new contracts, involving pay and working hours.

The doctors claim that the new contracts put forward by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt mean they will work more antisocial hours for less pay, and threaten patient safety.

A poll on the Recorder’s web-site showed 72 per cent of readers support the all-out strikes, compared to 28pc who don’t believe junior doctors should withdraw emergency care.

To keep updated on the strikes, follow @IlfordRecorder

For more information, visit bhrhospitals.nhs.uk.


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