Junior doctors walk out on strike for fourth time

Thousands of junior doctors across the Calendar region have walked out as part of a national strike over contracts. They will provide emergency care only during the strike.

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Junior doctors set for another strike over contracts

Hundreds of junior doctors across the Calendar region will go on strike today as their row with the government continues over new contracts which are due to be imposed later this year.

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More than 5,000 operations and procedures across England have been cancelled ahead of the 48-hour strike.

It comes after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced he will impose the contract on junior doctors - everyone up to consultant level - after months of talks with the British Medical Association (BMA) failed to reach a resolution.

The new contracts are due to be imposed in August.

Our first priority is patient care and we have been working with junior doctors and our clinical teams to ensure urgent and emergency care is not affected during this period of industrial action. With regard to non-urgent services, we have put in place plans to limit the disruption to operations and appointments as much as possible, and where we have had to postpone we have contacted patients directly to rearrange their appointment or treatment as quickly as possible.

– Kirsten Major, Director of Strategy and Operations at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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