Junior doctors call off strike action over contracts

Junior doctors' strike at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, held earlier this year.

Junior doctors' strike at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, held earlier this year.

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JUNIOR doctors have called off further strikes that were due to take place in October, November and December.

The British Medical Association announced the suspension following feedback with doctors, patients and the public, and discussions with NHS England about the ability of the NHS being able to maintain a safe service if industrial action were to go ahead.

It comes as rows over the proposed junior doctor contracts continue.

Chairman of the BMA junior doctor committee, Dr Ellen McCourt, said: ‘We still oppose the imposition of the contract and are now planning a range of other actions in order to resist it. But patient safety is doctors’ primary concern and so it is right that we listen and respond to concerns about the ability of the NHS to maintain a safe service.’

As previously reported in The News, junior doctors held several strikes at hospitals across the country, including Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, earlier this year.

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