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British medical residents plan to strike

Residency Program Insider, January 8, 2016

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Junior physicians in Britain are planning a 24-hour mass walkout next week, followed by two 48-hour stoppages over disputes about a new employment contract. It would be the first physician strike in Britain in 40 years.

Junior physicians represent about half the physicians in the National Health Service, which provides free care to the population. Of the 37,000 junior physicians, 98% voted to strike. The physicians’ union, the British Medical Association, said the contract dispute stems from a disagreement over pay for overnight and weekend hours and lacks safeguards preventing physicians from working dangerously long shifts. 

The government is hoping to hold talks to prevent the strike and a mediation service has been called in to open up negotiation talks again.

Source: Reuters



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