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Junior Doctors to picket Princess Alexandra Hospital

Politics / Mon 30th Nov 2015 at 03:46pm

JUNIOR Doctors based at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow will be walking gout on strike on Tuesday (Dec 1st).

They are striking amid a bitter pay and conditions row with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Junior doctors will only offer emergency care between 8am on Tuesday and 8am on Wednesday.

Non-emergency services will not be provided by junior doctors.

There will then be a full withdrawal of junior doctors’ labour – including emergency care – between 8am and 5pm on both December 8 and December 16.

Will my appointment still go ahead?

Some people’s hospital appointments could be affected.

However if your appointment has been changed, your hospital will contact you and rearrange.

If you haven’t heard anything, assume it is going ahead as normal.

Why are the junior doctors going on strike?

The row centres around a proposed new contract of employment for junior doctors. The new contract was first mooted in 2012 but talks between the BMA and the Government broke down last year.

The Government wants to cut the number of hours classed as unsociable, meaning doctors will earn less money for evening and weekend work.

There are also proposals to change the maximum number of working hours per week – a move the BMA claims will put patients at risk in the hands of over-worked, tired staff.

Jeremy Hunt has offered an 11pc basic pay rise to all junior doctors before the strike ballot papers were issued in a bid to stop the industrial action.

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