Junior doctors' strike called off

PUBLISHED: 08:25 01 December 2015 | UPDATED: 08:25 01 December 2015

Junior doctors at a rally in central London last month

Junior doctors at a rally in central London last month

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Junior doctors will not strike today after the British Medical Association (BMA) reached an agreement with the Government to resume negotiations.

Junior doctors in England had planned to provide emergency care only for 24 hours from 8am this morning, in the first of three planned walk-outs.

All three strike periods have been suspended while talks continue, however the last minute breakthrough in talks has come too late for many patients who have had non-emergency treatment cancelled.

In an email to members sent yesterday, BMA council chair Mark Porter, said: “Following conciliatory talks with NHS Employers and the Department of Health, we have agreed to suspend industrial action in England, which was due to begin at 8am tomorrow. The Government has also agreed not to proceed unilaterally with the introduction of a new contract.

“Today’s decision is in the best interests of patients, doctors and the NHS. It is unfortunate that we have not been able to reach agreement sooner but patients, doctors and everyone else who works across the NHS will be pleased that in the end the right decision has been made.

“A return to genuine negotiations is clearly preferable to the imposition of a new contract or industrial action and provides us with the best opportunity to deliver a contract for junior doctors which recognises the central role they play in delivering patient care across the NHS.”

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