Junior doctors to suspend strike action planned for next week

Caption: Junior doctors' strike at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, earlier this year.  Picture: Ellie Pilmoor PPP-160426-105656001
Caption: Junior doctors' strike at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, earlier this year. Picture: Ellie Pilmoor PPP-160426-105656001

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STRIKE action by junior doctors has been called off.

The British Medical Association (BMA) confirmed today that the walk-out by staff would not be taking place next week as planned.

The five-day strike starting Monday was part of on-going disputes over junior doctor contracts. Later strikes will go ahead as planned.

The BMA statement said its reasons were the NHS ‘being under-pressure and hospitals being understaffed.’ They said patients safety was important.