Mek una no sick o! Junior doctors strike in UK for the second time in 2016

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A friend of mine commented that this today was the first time in the decades she’d been in this country that she couldn’t get a same-day or next-day doctor’s appointment. What she probably does not know is that the whole world has gone to hell in a hand basket as doctors strike nationwide for the second time this year.
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The dispute between ministers, the NHS and the junior doctors seem to be principally about new contracts being imposed on the doctors; the key sticking point being payment for working on Saturdays.©BBC|doctors strike -3

According to the BBC:

  • The British Medical Association (BMA) wants the whole day to attract an unsociable hours premium, but ministers say the hours between 07:00 and 17:00 should be paid at the basic rate
  • The BMA proposed accepting half of the 11% basic pay rise offered by the government in return for retaining extra payments for working Saturdays, but the move was rejected
  • Labour has written to Mr Hunt asking if he personally blocked that offer
  • The government says change is needed to ensure a genuinely 24/7 NHS
  • A new poll by Ipsos MORI shows two-thirds of the public support junior doctors – the same as it was ahead of the first strike, despite 10% of operations having to be cancelled as a result of staff shortage.

During today’s doctors strike, junior doctors once again provided emergency cover, while consultants were working in hospitals and GPs in the community.


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