Junior Doctors strike for the second time this year

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Junior Doctors are on strike for the second time this year following a walkout which began at 8am this morning.

The British Medical Association (BMA) wants the strike to attract an unsociable hours premium but ministers have said the hours between 7am and 5pm should be paid at basic rate.

The BMA proposed accepting half of the 11% basic pay rise offered by the government in return for retaining extra payments for working Saturdays, but the move was rejected.

A key point in the new contract is regarding payments for working on Saturdays.

There are 50,000 junior doctors in England, they vary from being fresh out of medical school, with others who have years of industry experience.  98% of BMA junior doctors voted in favour of strike action in a ballot last year.

Almost 3,000 operations have been canceled ahead of the strike. Emergancy care has been left in place during the strike on 12th January.

Two-thirds of the public support the Junior Doctor Strike today, statistics from a new poll by Ipsos MORI revealed.

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has joined a picket outside Barnet General Hospital today.

The government says the changes are needed to ensure a 24/7 NHS service. Jeremy Hunt claims 43% of junior doctors turned up to work (slightly more than the 24 hour strike last month).

He Said:

In the end we do have to resolution on this as lots of people inside the NHS are beginning to stay. But the door is open for discussion.

JK Rowling is one of many who backs the strike.