Thousands of junior doctors across England are on strike after talks failed to reach an agreement. The doctors are providing emergency care from 8am today in the 24-hour walkout. Video shows strikers in Brighton and an interview with a junior doctor.
Junior doctors in our region have joined the picket lines as they go on strike for 24 hours, forcing the cancellation of many operations.
Junior doctors have been told what to do if a trust declares a major emergency during the strike.
During the last junior doctors' strike, Sandwell Hospital in West Bromwich declared a level 4 incident and told its junior doctors they must attend work.
As you know when we last took industrial action there was some confusion about when trusts could call junior doctors back into work.
In addition to the legal advice we took at that time we now have a joint letter signed by Sir Bruce Keogh of NHS England and the BMA's Mark Porter setting out the protocol should a major unpredictable incident occur.
According to the letter, junior doctors can be requested to work if:
- There is both "exception and sustained deterioration in performance such as to endanger patient safety and cannot be managed through the deployment of the hospital’s senior hospital doctors and the junior doctors providing emergency care".
- The Trust must make a formal request to NHS England, who will then contact the BMA.
JK Rowling has tweeted support for the junior doctors' strike to her 6.7 million followers.
The best-selling author, who is married to a doctor, tweeted a picture of support along with the caption: "speaking as a doctor's wife".
Thousands of junior doctors across England are on strike after last-ditch talks failed to reach an agreement.
Junior doctors - which refers to all doctors below consultant level - are providing emergency care from 8am today in the 24-hour walkout.
Junior doctors in the Meridian region have joined the picket lines as they go on strike for 24 hours, forcing the cancellation of thousands of operations. Nationally, thousands of operations, check-ups and tests have been cancelled as a result of the industrial action, which started at 8am.
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