Why are junior doctors striking again?

Update to this article (published 4.20pm 5 September): The September strike action has been suspended by the BMA. Read this BMA announcement in full.

When are strikes by junior doctors due to take place?

Last week, the British Medical Association (BMA) confirmed that junior doctors in England will stage further industrial actions from this month. The first wave of these strikes, which will results a full withdrawal of labour for five days between the hours of 8am and 5pm, will take place on 12 to 16 September. Further strikes will also take place from October to December 2016. Read the BMA's statement in full.

Why are the strikes taking place?

In their statement announcing the industrial action, the BMA said: "Despite our efforts to work with the Secretary of State to resolve this dispute, the Government has failed to listen, leaving us with no option but to take more industrial action."

What has the Deparment of Health said about this industrial action?

"As doctors' representatives, the BMA should be putting patients first not playing politics in a way that will be immensely damaging for vulnerable patients." Read the Government's statement in full.

Opinion: a junior doctor speaks out

Junior doctor Dr Ben Janaway has created the following video to share his view about why the strikes are taking place.

Join the debate: What's your opinion about the junior doctors' strike? Do you support this industrial action or not? Share your view by adding a comment below.


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