British junior doctors plan strike action for five consecutive days over the government’s plans to impose a new controversial contract on them.
The British Medical Association (BMA) announced on Wednesday a new series of strikes by junior doctors between September 12 and 16, with more dates to follow. The BMA’s latest move comes after members rejected the government’s final offer on the contract earlier this year.
The BMA is the trade union and professional body for doctors in the UK.
Junior doctors, including those working in emergency departments, will have a “full withdrawal of labour” between 8 am and 5 pm during the five-day walkout.
The BMA justified the unprecedented planned strike action, saying it made repeated attempts over the past two months to work with the government to address outstanding areas of concern.
BMA junior doctor committee chair, Ellen McCourt, said the main concerns raised by junior doctors include “the impact…