Junior doctors embark on two-day strike
DOCTORS have been teaching life saving techniques during their industrial action over contracts.
The junior doctors from Macclesfield Hospital started a two-day strike yesterday (Tuesday, April 26) over proposed changes to their working contracts by the government.
It’s the fifth strike in recent months but the first time doctors in strikes around the country will walk out of A&E.
On the first day of the strike the junior doctors picketed outside the hospital from 8am, but headed to the Market Place from 10am until 3pm to teach members of the public life saving techniques. They plan to also do the same thing today (Wednesday, April 27).
Dr Rosie Long, junior doctor and representative for union the British Medical Association (BMA), said: “We are deeply regretful for the inconveniences caused by our industrial action and we never thought it would need to escalate to a full walkout strike.
“These skills really do save lives so please do come along.”
A spokesman for East Cheshire NHS Trust which runs the hospital said contingencies are in place to minimise disruption.
He said: “The industrial action is due to a national dispute over changes to junior doctor’s terms and conditions and is not directly related to East Cheshire NHS Trust.”
●● Striking junior doctors teach life saving techniques in Macclesfield Market Place