Junior doctors on strike tomorrow

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Junior doctors are preparing to go on strike for two days in a long-running dispute with the government over new contracts.

A 48-hour strike will be held from 8am tomorrow (Wednesday) after health secretary Jeremy Hunt imposed a new contract on medics instead of reaching an agreement with the British Medical Association (BMA).

It will be the latest in a series of strikes after talks failed to resolve a dispute over the new contract, which junior doctors fear will lead to unsafe working hours and pay cuts.

Tomorrow’s walk-out will involve all junior doctors except those on call to provide emergency cover.

Two more 48-hour strikes are planned from 8am on Wednesday, April 6, and from 8am on Tuesday, April 26.

NHS bosses said patients booked in for planned procedures should still attend unless they had been contacted by their hospital.