Junior doctors begin two-day strike

Junior doctors in Cumbria, and around the country, will begin a two day strike at 8am on Tuesday 26 April.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says the strike will risk the safety of patients.

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Strike 'could lead to greater disruption' in Cumbria

Junior doctors are carrying out an all-out strike. Credit: PA

A two-day strike by junior doctors "could lead to greater disruption than previous strikes", according to Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group.

Unlike during previous periods of industrial action we know that emergency cover is being withdrawn. Our Trusts have had to increase cover by increasing consultants and other NHS staff during this time.

It could lead to greater disruption for planned operations and outpatient appointments than we have seen in previous strikes.

– Dr David Rogers, Medical Director for NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group

Poll: should junior doctors stage all-out strike?

Junior doctors are about to stage the first ever all-out strike in the history of the NHS, meaning they will walk out of accident and emergency units for the first time.

It's part of a dispute over the imposition of a new contract, which the British Medical Association says would jeopardise patient safety.

Do you agree with the junior doctors taking all-out strike action?

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