English hospitals start all-out strike
Written by Morenike Adebayo on April 26, 2016
The first all-out doctors’ strike in the National Health Service’s (NHS) history has begun in England. Thousands of junior doctors walked out of both routine and emergency care earlier today in protest at the imposition of a new contract from the summer.
The two-day strike began upon a call by the British Medical Association (BMA), and will affect almost all medical services, including accident and emergency, intensive care and maternity, all of which are disrupted for the first time over a long-running contract dispute.
The British government had proposed a contract which extends NHS services to seven days a week while reducing the pay for working on the weekend.
Prime Minister David Cameron in his view states that it is irresponsible of junior doctors to withdraw emergency cover today and tomorrow. UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt also described the walk-off as extreme and warned it would be deeply worrying for patients.