Junior Doctors’ 48-Hour Strike Off
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Winchester Today understands that the 24-hour strike planned by Junior Doctors next week has been suspended, as talks continue between the Government and the BMA .
As our picture shows, doctors protested outside the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester last week over their new contracts.
Only emergency care would have been provided during the planned walk-out between 26 and 28 January.
Despite the walkout and protests, very few operations and clinics across Hampshire were cancelled.
Junior Doctors’ 48-Hour Strike Off – “Smart Move” Says MP
This afternoon, Winchester’s MP Steve Brine told Winchester Today that the step was a ‘smart move’ by the BMA trade union: “Last weeks’s strike was unnecessary. Talking is always better than striking in my opinion.
“I think actually the employers and the union are not as far apart as it is projected and, ultimately, we all want the same thing – which is a safe NHS serving patients when they need it.”
The Chief Executive of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Mary Edwards – gave this reaction to Winchester Today: “We are pleased that the strike has been suspended and are planning to run services as usual on the days that would have been affected.”
Images: Rachel Gover