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British medical residents strike

Residency Program Insider, January 15, 2016

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On Tuesday, junior physicians (i.e., residents) in Britain staged the country’s first physician strike in 40 years. This resulted in about 3,500 cancellations of non-urgent operations. Junior physicians continued to provide emergency care during the strike.

A dispute between the National Health Service (NHS) and the junior physicians over a proposed contract led to the work stoppage. Conditions of the proposed new contract would increase junior physicians’ base pay but reduce the number of weekend hours they would receive overtime pay for. The NHS insists this move would improve weekend treatment, while physicians argue it would add extra strain to their work schedules.

Source: The New York Times



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