Junior Doctors are all set to take part in two a day all-out strike which will include those working in emergency care. It will be the first time Doctors have refused to provide emergency cover since the dispute over contracts.
The strike is set to take place at 08:00 to 17:00 on the 26th and 27th of April 2016, the British Medical Association (BMA) has confirmed in their press release.
Unlike all previous strikes this will extend to those working within emergency care. The all-out strikes replace a 48-hour walkout previously planned for those days.
Dr Johann Malawana of the BMA said: “No junior doctor wants to take this action but the government has left us with no choice.
“In refusing to lift imposition and listen to junior doctors’ outstanding concerns, the government will bear direct responsibility for the first full walkout of doctors in this country.
“The government is refusing to get back around the table and is ploughing ahead with plans to impose a contract junior doctors have no confidence in and have roundly rejected.
“We want to end this dispute through talks but the government is making this impossible.”
It is highly likely that consultants will be taking on the role of junior Doctors in all areas, this means patients will remain safe but the strike will still lead to considerable disruption to services.
NHS Trusts around the country will be working hard to establish contingency plans for these days. Nurse are reminded that although we have our duty of care we should support their right to strike we should take steps to help minimise the impact to our patients.