Junior doctors in England have announced a five day strike in July, in protest at the government’s pay offer. Here’s what we know so far:
- The strike will take place between 7:00am on Thursday 13 July and 7:00am on Tuesday 18 July.
- The government has offered a 5% pay rise, but the BMA is seeking a 35% increase to make up for more than a decade of below-inflation pay rises.
- This will be the fourth strike by junior doctors since the pay dispute began.
- The BMA says that the strike is necessary to protect patient safety and to ensure that junior doctors are paid fairly.
- The government has said that it is disappointed by the strike action and that it is a “disruption to patients”.
Dr Robert Laurenson and Dr Vivek Trivedi, co-chairs of the BMA junior doctors committee, say that the NHS is “one of this country’s proudest achievements” and that it is “shameful” that the government is “content to let it decline to the point of collapse”.
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