Junior doctors in England are beginning a second day of strike action today, as the British Medical Association (BMA) demands “proper negotiations” with the Government.
The BMA says junior doctors’ pay has fallen in real terms by 26 per cent since 2008/09 and reversing this would require a 35.3 per cent pay rise.
On Friday, Health Secretary Steve Barclay invited the BMA to talks – but the union rejected the idea, saying there were “unacceptable” pre-conditions.
Tens of thousands of appointments are expected to be cancelled as a result of the strike, which is lasting for 72 hours.
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