Operations cancelled as junior doctors go on strike

Junior doctors in our region have joined the picket lines as they go on strike for 24 hours, forcing the cancellation of thousands of operations.

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Operations cancelled as junior doctors go on strike

Junior doctors across the South East walked out for a second 24-hour strike today in a row over pay and anti-social hours.

Operations and tests were cancelled and junior doctors stood on picket lines outside many of the region's hospitals today including: Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone and Ashford. Sarah Saunders reports.

VIDEO: Junior doctors strike in the South East

Junior doctors across the South East walked out for a second 24-hour strike today amid the ongoing row with the Government over pay and weekend working.

Operations, check-ups and tests have been cancelled as a result of the industrial action, which started at 8 o'clock this morning.

Junior doctors have been at picket lines outside many of the region's major hospitals today including Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone and Ashford - but Accident and Emergency departments were staffed as usual. Sarah Saunders reports.

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Thousands of junior doctors across England are on strike after talks failed to reach an agreement. The doctors are providing emergency care from 8am today in the 24-hour walkout. Video shows strikers in Brighton and an interview with a junior doctor.

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Junior doctors told what to do in case of major emergency

Johann Malawana, chair of Junior Doctors Committee

Junior doctors have been told what to do if a trust declares a major emergency during the strike.

During the last junior doctors' strike, Sandwell Hospital in West Bromwich declared a level 4 incident and told its junior doctors they must attend work.

As you know when we last took industrial action there was some confusion about when trusts could call junior doctors back into work.

In addition to the legal advice we took at that time we now have a joint letter signed by Sir Bruce Keogh of NHS England and the BMA's Mark Porter setting out the protocol should a major unpredictable incident occur.

– Johann Malawana, chair of Junior Doctors Committee

According to the letter, junior doctors can be requested to work if:

  • There is both "exception and sustained deterioration in performance such as to endanger patient safety and cannot be managed through the deployment of the hospital’s senior hospital doctors and the junior doctors providing emergency care".
  • The Trust must make a formal request to NHS England, who will then contact the BMA.

Junior doctors in Surrey join strike

Junior doctors at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey joined the protest Credit: ITV

Thousands of junior doctors across England are on strike after last-ditch talks failed to reach an agreement.

Junior doctors - which refers to all doctors below consultant level - are providing emergency care from 8am today in the 24-hour walkout.

"We stand together," say junior doctors on strike

Junior doctors in Southampton make their protest Credit: ITV

Junior doctors in the Meridian region have joined the picket lines as they go on strike for 24 hours, forcing the cancellation of thousands of operations. Nationally, thousands of operations, check-ups and tests have been cancelled as a result of the industrial action, which started at 8am.

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