‘Patients come first!’ Britons rage as junior doctors strike just days before Christmas

‘Patients come first!’ Britons rage as junior doctors strike just days before Christmas

Britons rage at junior doctors strike just days before Christmas

GB News
Georgia Pearce

By Georgia Pearce

Published: 20/12/2023

- 10:31

Updated: 20/12/2023

- 10:32

The junior doctor strikes taking place in December and January are the longest in NHS history

Residents of Nottingham have blasted junior doctors, after they began another round of strike action today, just days before Christmas.

Industrial action will take place for three days, and another six days from January 3, amid a long-running dispute over pay and working conditions.

The British Medical Association has demanded a 35 per cent pay rise, in line with what they call "below-inflation rises" since 2008.

The union recently rejected a new pay offer after following several talks with the government to reach a solution.

Junior Doctors

Junior doctors are taking strike action in December and January


The strike action, the longest walkout in NHS history, has been criticised by NHS England medical director Prof Sir Stephen Powis, who warned of "huge disruption" across the UK.

"These strikes come at a time that will cause huge disruption to the NHS, with services already feeling the strain of winter pressure," Powis said.

"Over the holiday period, I would encourage anyone who needs medical help to continue to come forward.

"In a life-threatening emergency, call 999 and use A&E in the usual way. For everything else, use 111 online."

Speaking to residents outside the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, GB News reporter Will Hollis heard the concerns of Britons about the strikes.

One local said: "I think it's a bit bad, really. I thought doctors won plenty of money already."

Another fumed: "They should remember, patients come first."

A third Nottingham resident defended the walkouts, telling GB News: "They do a brilliant job and they should get what they're worth."
Nottingham resident

Residents of Nottingham react to junior doctors striking before Christmas

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In a statement, the British Medical Association said the Government has "not offered a credible deal to end the dispute" and it has no choice but to take action.

Health Secretary Victoria Atkins said she's "disappointed" that the BMA walked away from talks, when negotiations had been "constructive".

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