Junior doctors will 'withdraw emergency care' during strike

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Junior doctors are set to add the withdrawal of emergency care to the next strike action.

The British Medical Association (BMA) confirmed the announcement saying the plans for the scheduled strike on April 26 and 27 had "escalated to a full withdrawal of labour."

In previous days of industrial action doctors have still provided emergency cover.

According to the BMA the escalation of what would be covered by the strike comes as a result of "the continued refusal by the Government to step back from its decision to impose a new contract on junior doctors".

In a statement it said:

According to ITV News health editor Rachel Younger the chairman of the BMA said junior doctors felt they had been left with "no choice" but to take this extra action after they were told new contracts would come into force in August despite opposition from the medical community.