Junior physicians are poised to start a second 24 hour strike in protest in the brand new contract that the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is threatening to inflict on them.
Wednesday’s walkout follows the breakdown of last ditch talks involving the British Medical Association, NHS Employers as well as the Department of Health within the design of the newest contract that juniors in England will run underneath from August.
Discussions are becoming deadlocked on the matter of whether some or all of Saturday should become portion of a trainee physician’s ordinary working week.
Mister David Dalton – the chief executive of Salford Royal NHS foundation trust, who continues to be drafted in by the authorities to broker a deal – continues to be holding talks with officials and BMA representatives to avert industrial action.
Nevertheless, the health department said the casual discussions concluded on Tuesday and the BMA said the strike was going as intended. Junior physicians – which refers below consultant grade to any or all physicians – will supply crisis care just from 8am on Wednesday in the 24 hour walkout.