Ju­nior doc­tors em­bark on two-day strike

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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.”

Pic by Matt Hey­wood

●● Strik­ing ju­nior doc­tors teach life sav­ing tech­niques in Mac­cles­field Mar­ket Place

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