Junior doctors go on strike

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However only a proportion of this number would be on the rota to work today.

UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “An NHS where the same high quality care is provided, regardless of the time of day or the day of the week, will not come cheap. But Jeremy Hunt thinks he can offer more to patients by paying dedicated healthcare professionals much less.

“Other NHS staff fear that the dispute with junior doctors could be the dry run for a much bigger confrontation. They suspect ministers also want to axe the unsocial hours payments that they get for working nights and weekends.”

Charles Aston, medical director at the South Warwickshire NHS Trust, said: “We are working with the British Medical Association to ensure that patient safety is not affected. On the days of the industrial action, consultants and other staff who are not taking industrial action will be working to ensure there is no impact on any of our emergency services.”