Tens of thousands of junior doctors will stage their first strike in 40 years after crunch talks broke down.
Medics confirmed today they will go on three times including next Tuesday, January 12, over new contracts for Jeremy Hunt's 7-day NHS.
Striking doctors will provide emergency care only for 24 hours from 8am, followed by another 48-hour period of emergency care only from 8am on Tuesday, January 26.
A full strike involving all doctors will then take place from 8am to 5pm on Wednesday, February 10 unless the crisis is resolved.
A planned strike last month backed by 98% of doctors was averted at the last minute when the British Medical Association union and NHS got back round the table.
But today BMA junior doctors' rep Johann Malawana confirmed the fresh walkouts.
He told members: "It is clear that the government is still not taking junior doctors’ concerns seriously.
"The government has repeatedly dragged its feet throughout this process, initially rejecting our offer of talks and failing to make significant movement during negotiations."
Junior doctors are furious at plans to rip up their contracts as part of the Tories' new "7-day NHS".
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt offered an 11% basic pay rise after furious complaints - but critics said it masked a con and a cut.
Doctors will still lose antisocial shift payments because 7pm to 10pm on weekdays, and 7am to 7pm on Saturdays, are being classed as "normal" hours.
BMA council chairman Dr Mark Porter added today: "Throughout this process the BMA has been clear that it wants to reach agreement on a contract that is good for patients, junior doctors and the NHS.
"This is why, despite overwhelming support for industrial action, the BMA instead sought conciliation talks with the Government, talks which were initially rejected and delayed by Jeremy Hunt.
"After weeks of further negotiations, it is clear that the Government is still not taking junior doctors’ concerns seriously.
"Furthermore, the Government has repeatedly dragged its feet throughout this process, initially rejecting our offer of talks and failing to make significant movement during negotiations.
"We sincerely regret the disruption that industrial action will cause, but junior doctors have been left with no option.
"It is because the Government’s proposals would be bad for patient care as well as junior doctors in the long-term that we are taking this stand."
Of the 37,155 medics balloted last year, 28,316 (76%) took part in the vote on full strike action.
Just 564 of those doctors (fewer than 2%) voted against a strike.
Source: The Mirror
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