Ju­nior doc­tors all set for an­other walk-out

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

JU­NIOR doc­tors are ex­pected to take part in a se­cond 24-hour strike on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal staff who are mem­bers of the Bri­tish Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (BMA) are set to walk out over at­tempts to in­tro­duce a new con­tract of em­ploy­ment for ju­nior doc­tors, and are ex­pected to walk out from 8am on Wed­nes­day (Fe­bru­ary 10)

A spokesman for the East Cheshire NHS Trust said other med­i­cal staff will help cover the short­fall, but pa­tients should ex­pect some dis­rup­tion dur­ing the dis­pute.

He said: “East Cheshire NHS Trust, which runs Mac­cles­field District Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, has put thor­ough con­tin­gen­cies in place to min­imise dis­rup­tion.

“As a re­sult, pa­tients should at­tend their ap­point­ments dur­ing this time pe­riod as nor­mal un­less in­structed oth­er­wise.

“How­ever, the trust is ask­ing for pa­tients’ un­der­stand­ing in case our ser­vices do ex­pe­ri­ence any de­lays dur­ing the ac­tion.

Jo­hann Malawana, BMA ju­nior doc­tors com­mit­tee chair­man, said: “The Govern­ment’s en­trenched po­si­tion in re­fus­ing to recog­nise Satur­day work­ing as unso­cial hours, to­gether with its con­tin­ued threat to im­pose a con­tract so fiercely re­sisted by ju­nior doc­tors across Eng­land, leaves us with no al­ter­na­tive but to con­tinue with in­dus­trial ac­tion.”

●● Ju­nior doc­tors on strike out­side Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal in Jan­uary

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