Junior Doctors begin 24 hour strike

At 8 A.M. Junior Doctors from across England walked out in strike action protesting proposed contracts which they claim would endanger them and the lives of patients. 

At pickets outside of hospitals, staff and their supporters call for the government to reconsider and to listen to their concerns.

While there has been disruption for patients who had appointments arranged for today, senior doctors are still working to ensure that patients still receive the care that they need.

The strike is over concerns that a new contract proposed by the government which will impose changes to both the hours worked and salary (it has been reported that they have been offered an 11% pay rise, but this is offset by a decrease in ‘unsociable hours’ pay). The government claim that the contract will ensure a 7 day NHS, and insist that this is all to benefit the system and patients. 

At the time of writing, Health Minister Jeremy Hunt had not commented on the strike.