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Next week's junior doctors strike cancelled

PUBLISHED: 12:04 19 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:14 19 January 2016

Striking Junior doctors on the picket line at the Queen's Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford.

Striking Junior doctors on the picket line at the Queen's Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford.

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Next week's junior doctors strike has been cancelled as progress is made in negotiations.

A 48-hour walk-out by junior doctors has been suspended in light of “early progress” made in negotiations with the government.

The British Medical Association (BMA) announced this morning (Tuesday) that the industrial action planned for January 26 to 28 will not take place.

In a statement the BMA said: “We are announcing this today in order to give trusts as much notice as possible so as to avoid disruption to patients.

“This decision is in line with our stated aim to ensure a safe, fair contract through negotiated agreement, if at all possible.

“The action which junior doctors across England took last week sent a clear message to the government and the negotiating team is now focusing on reaching a resolution to meet your concerns.”

Junior doctors provided emergency care only for 24 hours last week as part of an ongoing dispute over planned changes to their contract.

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