Tuesday it was a 24-hour walkout by junior doctors which ended at 08:00 GMT but on January 26 junior doctors will begin a 48-hour walkout with more action planned.
Between now and the next planned strike their needs to be action from all interested parties. The government needs to stop playing games, take arbitration seriously and meet the doctors at least halfway.
Tuesday's strike action meant NHS hospitals were working at normal capacity for say a Christmas Day.
Junior doctors are still trainees and it says something about their roles at work when chaos ensues even though an estimated 37% did not strike [numbers vary across the UK- some junior doctors worked as part of a deal to cover ].
But it is often junior, trainee or low grade staff that is the backbone of NHS hospital wards and clinics. Junior doctors, auxiliary nurses, student nurses, volunteers, cleaners, caterers and clerks all keep the NHS running smoothly. They are all cogs on a wheel of good healthcare but remove one and the service is quickly under threat.
Presumably operations were cancelled as consultants had to fill the gap on wards and clinics created by the junior doctors strike but it shows how undervalued junior doctors are.
It does not take long for junior doctors to have too much responsibility shoved on them as they are run ragged on unworkable shifts that leave them little time for study and examinations.
The junior doctor’s strike is being touted by the Tories as money centric but by the workers themselves and their union as about patient safety, good working practices and preventing an upsurge in compulsory working hours.
If, or should that be when, you are rushed to an A&E department with a life-threatening injury or illness you will value the treatment you receive from a junior doctor who may have already worked a day's shift.
Without these junior doctors working with nursing teams your chances of survival are limited.
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