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Junior doctor strikes causes hospitals to declare critical incidents

by LLB staff reporter
4th Jan 24 11:00 am

Junior doctors have entered into day two of the longest strike in the history of the NHS and a number of hospitals are calling for them to return as they are under “extreme pressure.”

Hospitals are facing “significant demand” to services across England hours after junior doctors walked out.

On Wednesday over a dozen hospitals said emergency services was busy and a critical incident was declared at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, after its A&E was “full.”

HS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Board declared a critical incident amid “significant pressures on services,” and other hospitals said they are under “extreme heightened pressure” and being “exceptionally busy,” one cited A&E waits of “up to 11 hours.”

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The British Medical Association (BMA) said that most requests for junior doctors to return were rejected and they criticised the NHS for putting the union in an “impossible” situation as the request were not submitted properly.

Dr Vin Diwakar, medical director for transformation at NHS England, told the PA news agency officials spent weeks preparing for “intensive preparation.”

“We have been prioritising emergency care as we have done during previous industrial action,” he said.

Health and Social Care Secretary Victoria Atkins urged junior doctors to call off the six day strike and “come back to the negotiating table.”

Dr Vivek Trivedi, co-chairman of the BMA’s junior doctors committee, told the PA news agency, “I hope they (the Government) come back to the table now – but from all of the signals they are sending it won’t be until our strike action finishes. And I hope at that point we can come to a resolution.”

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