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BMA rejects calls to shorten or call off strikes by junior doctors in coming months

Five-day strikes by junior doctors in England are set to go ahead after the BMA rejected calls to shorten them or call them off altogether.

The ruling council of the doctors’ union on Wednesday decided to continue backing the planned walkouts despite concern that it will cause serious disruption to hospitals and risk patient safety.

The BMA confirmed its continued backing for the three five-day stoppages scheduled to hit hospitals in England between next month and December. “Industrial action is still going ahead as planned in October, November and December”, said a union spokeswoman.

It debated but did not back calls by some council members to reduce the duration of the strikes, call them off altogether or to undertake a fresh ballot of England’s 54,000 medics below the level of consultant, who are opposed to the new contract the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, plans to impose on them from next month.

Read more in The Guardian.

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