Junior Doctors have been striking again today over the dispute around a new contract. Tomorrow they will go back to work as normal, and there has been no indication from the NHS or the health secretary that the strikes have had an effect on their stance.
What happens next?
The NHS wants contracts agreed in time next intake of junior doctors in August this year. While there is no hard and fast timetable as yet, the negotiations have dragged on for months, with no sign of either the British Medical Association or the government backing down.
This could lead to the contracts being forced on junior doctors, whether they like or not.
What can the BMA and its members do if the disputed contract is imposed?
The health secretary has the power to impose the contract. The BMA would not be drawn on the details of what the reaction to such a move would be, but it has hinted at some options: