Junior doctors are to take part in three more strikes and launch a judicial review as the resist the government’s decision to impose a new contract in England.
The contract involves paying doctors less to work on Saturdays and will come into force in the summer. Although ministers say it will improve NHS services across the country, the British Medical Association disagrees.
Now the medical union says that junior doctors will take industrial action three more times between March and April. Emergency cover will be provided for the strikes, which will last 48 hours each.
The dates are:
- Wednesday 9 March from 8am
- Wednesday 6 April from 8am
- Tuesday 26 April from 8am
Professor Don Berwick, who led a review for the government on safety in the NHS three years ago and says the government were wrong to impose the contract, said there should be a three-year wait at least before its imposition.
‘You cannot achieve excellence in combat with your future workforce, it makes no sense at all,’ Professor Berwick said at an event in London.
‘I think the government should apologise.’