Doctors in UK prepare for longest strike in�NHS�history

UK doctors prepare for longest strike in NHS history

Junior doctors in England on Wednesday 3 January began the longest strike in the history of the NHS, as figures revealed that more than 337,000 appointments and operations were canceled in London due to the strike.

Thousands of doctors from the British Medical Association began a six-day strike in hospitals across the country at 7am in a bitter dispute over pay.

Health bosses fear strikes will affect almost all routine services as the NHS shifts its focus to urgent and emergency care.

It comes after talks between Health Secretary Victoria Atkins and the BMA broke down last month, with the government insisting talks would not resume unless the union called off the strike.

Standard analysis found that more than 337,000 hospital and outpatient appointments were rescheduled in London over a year of industrial action in the NHS.

It is by far the highest figure of any region in England and accounts for more than a quarter (27.8 per cent) of the 1.2 million operations and procedures canceled nationally.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust in east London said it had reorganized 1,373 outpatient appointments and 88 non-urgent surgeries.

The NHS warned that the strike, which could see up to half of the medical workforce in England leave, could lead to “the most difficult start to the year the NHS has ever faced”.

It stated that emergency and urgent care will be prioritized during strikes and almost all routine care will be affected. But patients are being urged to seek care if they need it.

Source: www.lindaikejisblog.com

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