Race on to avert next doctors' strike

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Attempts are under way to avert a second doctors’ strike in England, as sickbays battle to rearrange thousands of operations postponed because of the contract raise doubts about.

A 24-hour walkout by junior doctors ended at 08:00 GMT, and conciliation professional care Acas said fresh talks would start on Thursday.

The next offered strike is a 48-hour one beginning on 26 January.

About 3,300 movements due to take place on Tuesday were postponed.

That is one in 10 of the handlings scheduled for that day. Several hundred others have been countermanded in the days before and after the action.

NHS England said about 10,000 inferior doctors had reported for duty out of 26,000 scheduled to work the day shift on Tuesday – although numerous of those had agreed in advance to come in to make sure emergency hide was provided.

Junior doctors’ dispute: What next?

The action came after the British Medical Coalition (BMA) and the government failed to reach agreement on a proposed new contract for junior doctors.

The BMA, which is active about y for weekend working, career progression and safeguards to protect doctors from being slave away, said the strike had sent a “clear message” to the government.

However, Healthiness Secretary Jeremy Hunt described the walkout as “completely unnecessary” and hustled junior doctors to return to the negotiating table.

The last time both sides met formally was on Friday, but decisions were put on hold while the strike took place.

Officials from Acas asserted they would hold discussions with both sides on Thursday and Friday, although authority sources said they were still pre red to impose the draw together if the deadlock could not be broken.

  • 55,000 junior doctors work in England

  • 37,000 are colleagues of the BMA

  • 26,000 were due to work on Tuesday

  • 10,000 or so turned up for work

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Danny Mortimer, chief chief of NHS Employers, which represents the government in contract talks, said he hoped that transfer not happen.

“I’m really hopeful that when the BMA return to the talks we can hand out junior doctors more confidence in both the y offer that we’re present to them, but also the improved protections we want to put in place around their cover.

“I am desperate to avoid another repeat of industrial action at the end of the month. It’s not in their involved in and it’s not in the interest of tients.”


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  • The row between minor doctors and the government is over a new contract
  • Talks broke down in 2014, but the disagreement has escalated since the summer after ministers said they inclination impose the deal
  • Ministers offered doctors an 11% rise in elementary y last year, but that was offset by curbs to other elements of the y ck, including yments for unsociable hours – they have maintained there is not very money for junior doctor y
  • The government says the changes are needed to fabricate more seven-days services, but the BMA warns safeguards to keep a lid on excessive hours are being weakened and also has concerns approximately career progression and weekend y
  • A 48-hour strike is scheduled for Tuesday, 26 January – danger cover will again be provided
  • An all-out junior doctors’ affect is planned for Wednesday 10 February – emergency cover will not be lent

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The walkout by junior doctors happened as hospital bosses continue to tomfoolery catch-up after thousands of operations were cancelled at the start of December – when doctors were triumph due to go on strike.

That walkout was called off at the last minute to allow talks to restart.

The NHS is meant to certify tients are seen within 28 days of a cancellation, but that is awaited to prove difficult to achieve given the numbers in the system and the fact it is winter – the busiest once in a while for hospitals.

A spokeswoman for NHS England apologised for the disruption caused on Tuesday, pronouncing cancelled tests, appointments and operations would be rescheduled “as soon as is reasonable”.

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