Striking junior doctors return to work amid hopes deal can be made over changes to their contracts


Inferior doctors will return to work today after staging 24 hours of vement outs across the country.

It’s hoped the industrial action will work a deal over changes to their contracts can be reached before the next planned walkout.

Thousands of secondary doctors joined the strike with some even refusing a solicit to return to work, while around 4,000 operations had to be cancelled.

British Medical Union (BMA) council chairman Dr Mark Porter said neither side wish the dispute to go on “indefinitely” and urged the Government to “recognise the strength of feeling” all of a add up to medics.

Picket line: A junior doctor holds her baby and a placard as she clears rt in the walk outs aimed at getting a new deal over contracts

Danny Mortimer, the prime minister of NHS Employers, which is representing the Government in negotiations, said he was “desperate” to refrain from a repeat of the strike.

But the action was criticised by Health Secretary Jeremy Stalking , who described the strike as “wholly unnecessary” and “very disappointing”.

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Two further strikes are planned but talks are watched to resume in an effort to break the stalemate.

Dr Porter told the Times the cartel’s members were backing further strikes.

He said: “This is a l ble rade that they don’t only have these concerns when they’re ticking a box on a ballot report but also when it comes to showing it in industrial action.

Action: Two farther strikes are planned but talks are expected to resume in an effort to break the im sse

“Nobody wants to see this continue indefinitely. I’m calling of the Government to recognise the brawn of feeling among doctors.

“We do not need to ballot again to call another happening of industrial action. We regret that this is something that our colleagues will be calling for us to do.”

The first strike was due to end at 8am on Wednesday.

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There will be a 48-hour stop ge and the viands of emergency care only from 8am on January 26. On February 10 there thinks fitting be a full withdrawal of labour from 8am to 5pm.

Mr Mortimer told the BBC: “I’m really heartening that when the BMA return to the talks we can give junior doctors sundry confidence in both the y offer that we’re putting to them, but also the corrected protections we want to put in place around their safety.

Criticised: Form Secretary Jeremy Hunt, described the strike as “wholly unnecessary” and “bleeding disappointing”

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

Yesterday, some junior doctors in the West Midlands rebuffed to go back to work despite an order from their NHS trust, Sandwell Broad Hospital in West Bromwich, which declared a “level 4” greater incident.

NHS England said 39% of junior doctors out of a possible 26,000 had reported for produce yesterday, including urgent and emergency care doctors who were entreated not to strike by the BMA.

The long-running dispute centres on changes to medics’ y and working health circumstances and the basis for the current round of negotiations is the Government’s offer from at November, including an 11% rise in basic y.

But this is offset by maps to cut the number of hours on a weekend for which junior doctors can claim strikingly y for unsocial hours.

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