Junior doctor strike is 'a last resort', BMA tells public

The British Medical Association has explained today's strike action to the public as a safety and quality of care issue, in a leaflet published on its website.

Junior doctors: On the picket line outside Great Ormond Street Hospital in London (credit: John Stillwell / PA Wire/Press Association Images)
Junior doctors: On the picket line outside Great Ormond Street Hospital in London (credit: John Stillwell / PA Wire/Press Association Images)
The BMA, which has called on junior doctors in England to take 24-hour strike action today – and on two further dates in the coming weeks – published information to explain its dispute with the Government.

In the two-page leaflet, the BMA said the Government was "threatening the future of the NHS" as well as compromising patient safety and quality of care.

The BMA said in the leaflet that it was the first time junior doctors had gone on strike in 40 years and described today’s action as "a last resort", also saying: "Junior doctors don’t want to strike, but the Government has left us with no alternative."

The leaflet goes on to describe the current conditions of junior doctors in the NHS, including hours worked and numbers of patients treated.

The Department of Health was contacted by PRWeek but it declined to comment on the specific points made by the BMA.

The strike appears to have garnered public support, according to an Ipsos Mori poll conducted for BBC Newsnight and the Health Service Journal.

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