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Four-day junior doctor strike set for April

Junior doctors are to stage a four-day walkout in April in their fight to get a 35% pay rise in England.

Members of the British Medical Association (BMA) will take strike action from 11 April to 15 April.

Last week's walkout led to the cancellation of 175,000 treatments and appointments, with consultants brought in to provide cover in emergency care.

Hospitals bosses said the fallout from the strike would last weeks given the huge number of bookings that have to be rescheduled.

The new walkout of both planned and emergency care comes directly after the Easter weekend, which tends to be a busy period for the NHS.

Saffron Cordery, of NHS Providers, the membership organisation for NHS trusts in England, said demand would have built up over the bank holiday weekend.

"This threatens the biggest disruption from NHS walkouts so far," she said, adding: "There should be no doubt about the scale of the impact on patients, staff and the NHS."

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Source: BBC News, 23 April 2023


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