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A strike of junior doctors will go ahead next week after talks with the government failed to resolve a dispute over pay and contracts, a group overseeing the talks has said.
Talks between the British Medical Association (BMA) and NHS Employers were "constructive" but did not reach a deal that would have prevented planned strike action, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) said.
It means that three walkouts are set to take place starting from next week, potentially causing major disruption to the health service and forcing the cancellation of thousands of operations.
Junior doctors are provide emergency care only over a 48 hour period from 8am Tuesday to 8am on Thursday.
It will be followed by a further strike excluding emergency care from 26 to 28 January, and a full walkout from 8am to 5pm on 10 February.
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Junior doctors have been left with no option but to strike, the British Medical Association said.
Talks over pay and working conditions have failed to reach agreement and a 24-hour strike has been announced for 12 January 2016.
The BMA said unless progress is made with talks, the first strike will be followed by a 48-hour strike on 26 January and a third day of action on 10 February between 8am and 5pm.
The BMA has agreed to further talks so there is the possibility that the strikes could be averted.
The strikes would lead to disruption for thousands of NHS patients.
Suspended strike action in November led to the cancellation of thousands of operations, procedures and appointments.
After weeks of further negotiations, it is clear that the Government is still not taking junior doctors’ concerns seriously. Furthermore, the Government has repeatedly dragged its feet throughout this process, initially rejecting our offer of talks and failing to make significant movement during negotiations.
We sincerely regret the disruption that industrial action will cause, but junior doctors have been left with no option. It is because the Government’s proposals would be bad for patient care as well as junior doctors in the long-term that we are taking this stand.
Junior doctors in England will strike next Tuesday after talks with the government failed to reach an agreement, the British Medical Association said.
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