Newham’s junior doctors set to strike again

Junior doctors on strike at Newham University Hospital last month

Junior doctors on strike at Newham University Hospital last month - Credit: Archant

Last-ditch talks are taking place in a bid to avert tomorrow’s planned strike by junior doctors.

Government officials and the British Medical Association (BMA) are trying to come to an agreement ahead of tomorrow’s walkout, which includes staff at Newham University Hospital.

The dispute centres around a new contract and whether Saturdays should be classed as normal time or should attract a premium.

Tomorrow’s strike will see junior doctors provide emergency care only from 8am until the same time on Thursday.

It follows a previous round of industrial action last month, although a second walkout was called off in advance.

A spokesman for Barts Health NHS Trust, which runs Newham University Hospital, said it cannot take sides in the dispute, adding: “The trust’s overriding priority is to ensure we continue to provide high standards of patient safety and care at all times.”

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