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Junior doctors speak out on 'utter chaos' in NHS care

Junior doctors have complained of "utter chaos" from the NHS frontline amid claims from the Red Cross that the health service is facing a humanitarian crisis.

Dr Salwa Malik said at the NHS trusts where she had worked over the winter period it had "become normal" to have patients queuing up and down corridors.

Dr Zeshan Querishi said ambulances at the hospital where he was working were taking up to two hours to unload their patients into departments.

"I can't help but think we're not giving the care that we want to," he said.

New junior doctor contract to be rolled out from today

Junior doctors have staged several strikes over the contract. Credit: PA

The new contract for junior doctors in England will begin to be rolled out from today.

Junior doctors have staged several strikes in protest at the imposition of the contract, which the Government says will help reduce death rates in NHS hospitals at weekends but the British Medical Association (BMA) fears will have a negative effect on staff and patients.

From today, some obstetrics and gynaecology trainees will transition to the new terms and conditions of service.

The BMA described it as a "watershed moment for the NHS" and has written to NHS trust chief executives asking them to pause the introduction of the contract if certain conditions are not in place.

Last week, campaign group Justice for Health lost a High Court challenge against Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt over the new deal.


Healthcare leaders ask BMA to cancel junior doctors strikes

Junior doctors protest outside Bristol Royal Infirmary during strike action in April. Credit: PA Wire

Healthcare leaders have called on the British Medical Association (BMA) to call off the proposed series of five-day strikes by junior doctors later this month.

NHS Providers and the NHS Confederation, which represent NHS hospital, community, mental health and ambulance service trusts in England, said the planned action would lead to around 125,000 lost operations and over one million lost outpatient appointments.

Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said: "With barely any notice for trusts to prepare, this unprecedented level of strike action will cause major disruption and risk patient safety.

"NHS trust leaders agree with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges that this action is disproportionate."

He added that less than 40% of junior doctors supported rejecting an agreement "strongly endorsed by their own representatives".

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