Junior doctors plan strikes on five consecutive days every month

Junior doctors' leaders are set to propose a series of five-day, all-out strikes every month for the rest of the year.

The BMA council will meet today to vote on the plans proposed by junior doctors committee chairwoman Dr Ellen McCourt.

The plans were leaked to the Daily Mail on Tuesday ahead of today’s meeting and later confirmed on social media by Dr McCourt who condemned the leak as a betrayal.

‘I will propose an ongoing programme of five consecutive days of 8am-5pm full walk-out [industrial action], starting in September, repeated every month,' wrote the chairwoman.

‘Whilst someone continues to betray our trust, put their own agenda first and risk our collective action to protect the careers of 50,000 junior doctors, the future of the medical workforce, and the NHS our patients demand, we remain professional and measured.

Junior doctor strikes

‘This is likely to be a tough few days, and whilst leaks like this only make it tougher, I have complete faith in you, the resilient junior doctors, the supportive medical and allied health colleagues and all the public who know and back our ongoing dispute.’

In July junior doctors voted by 58% to reject a revised contract following renewed negotiation held in May. The government has said it will impose the contract from October.

Doctors believe the new contract, which the government wants to use to enable its seven-day NHS policy, is unsafe and unfair and that it discriminates against women.

In May, following a series of strikes including all-out action, junior doctors committee members were set to consider indefinite walk-outs.

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