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Judgement Day Nears in Junior Doctors’ Contract Row

There is no doubt that dispute over the proposed contract for junior doctors has been the dominant story related to the health service over the last few months, overshadowing even the general financial difficulties and organisational chaos. Media attention has been focused firmly on this major fission between healthcare professionals and the establishment that represents...

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British Medical Association Announces Suspension of Five-Day Strike

The British Medical Association has called off a five-day strike scheduled for next week on Monday, following a revolt from everyday healthcare workers. There were massive worries among health professionals about the impact that the strike would have on patients and the health service. Widespread protest was likely, with sentiment within the NHS workforce beginning...

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Royal College of General Practitioners Voices Support for Junior Doctors

The Royal College of General Practitioners has indicated that it will fully support junior doctors over imminent industrial action. Junior doctors will stage an unprecedented five-day walkout over the imposition of what they consider to be unreasonable contractual terms. Other major organisations have been critical of the mooted strike, with the Academy of Medical Royal...

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Senior Doctors Speak Out Over Junior Doctor Dispute

Senior doctors are urging the government and junior doctors to restart negotiations to avoid a series of five-day strikes in England, as the issue threatens to tear apart the top medical organisations in the UK. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, which represents 22 royal colleges, stated that “five days of strike action, particularly at...

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Resolving Career Issues when Striking isn’t Possible – How Other industries Approach This Issue

The ongoing dispute between junior doctors and the government has underlined the controversial nature of healthcare workers taking strike action. The recent strike from healthcare professionals included the first ever total walkout in NHS history; an extreme move illustrating the depth of feeling on this matter. Doctors certainly never walk out of surgery lightly; the...

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David Dalton and the Department of Health Challenge Strike Justification

Sir David Dalton and the Department of Health have challenged one of the BMA’s key justifications for the mooted NHS strikes. Dalton, the chief executive of Salford Royal Foundation Trust who led negotiations for the government, commented that the BMA had, in fact, produced a document outlining plans for seven day services. “I was very...

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Junior Doctors to Take Five-Day Strike Action BMA States

The BMA has announced that junior doctors are set to take five-day continuous strike action this month over the imposition of the contract by health secretary Jeremy Hunt. BMA Council met today and decided to authorise a full withdrawal of labour for five days, between the hours of 8am and 5pm from Monday 12 September...

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Health Education England to Place Flexibility Promise at Heart of GP Recruitment

A recruitment drive instigated by Health Education England will place flexibility at the centre of a potential GP career. Health Education England believes that general practice should shed the stuffy reputation associated with the profession, and develop new models of working to attract talented professionals. The healthcare organisation believes that placing less emphasis on traditional...

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Prestigious Nursing Magazines Join Bursary Fight

Three of the leading nursing magazines in Britain have joined forces to condemn the plans of the government to scrap bursaries for nursing students. Nursing in Practice, Nursing Times and Nursing Standard have collaborated in penning an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May. The three publications believe that the incumbent prime minister must reconsider...

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