The union announced on Thursday 23 March that it would be striking again, accusing the Government of failing to make a “credible offer” – here’s when the walkouts are taking place.
When are junior doctors striking in April 2023?
The 96-hour junior doctors’ strike will take place from 7am on Tuesday 11 April until 7am on Saturday 15 April.
More than 250,000 appointments and operations are expected to be cancelled during the walkout.
Junior doctors in the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA) will strike on the same days. That union, which represents around 600 junior doctors, accused the Government of refusing to drop pre-conditions for talks to resolve the dispute.
The last walkout involving junior doctors took place between Monday 13 March and Thursday 16 March.
Almost 37,000 out of 47,692 eligible BMA members took part in the strike ballot, with 98 per cent voting in favour of walkouts.
Why are junior doctors striking?
Junior doctors are campaigning for pay restoration, having said their real-terms pay has been cut by 26.1 per cent since 2008, which would require a 35.3 per cent pay rise.
The BMA said Health Secretary Steve Barclay failed to make any “credible offer”, accusing the Government of not being serious about resolving the dispute.
Dr Vivek Trivedi and Dr Robert Laurenson, co-chairmen of the BMA junior doctor committee, said: “It is with disappointment and great frustration that we must announce this new industrial action.
“The Government has dragged its feet at every opportunity. It has not presented any credible offer and is refusing to accept that there is any case for pay restoration, describing our central ask as ‘unrealistic’ and ‘unreasonable’.”
They added: “We therefore have no confidence that without further action these negotiations can be successful. This situation is entirely of the Government’s own making. We want to spend our time looking after patients, not on strike.”
Saffron Cordery, deputy chief executive at NHS Providers, said: “The prospect of a 96-hour strike by junior doctors will ring alarm bells for trust leaders up and down the country.
“It would immediately follow a four-day bank holiday weekend, meaning demand will have piled up before the strike even begins on 11 April. There will also be no exemptions.
“This threatens the biggest disruption from NHS walkouts so far. There should be no doubt about the scale of the impact on patients, staff and the NHS. No-one wants this.”
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Further strikes will risk patient safety and cause further disruption.
“The Health and Social Care Secretary met the BMA’s junior doctors committee yesterday in the hope of beginning constructive talks to resolve the current dispute. The BMA placed a pre-condition on these talks of a 35 per cent pay rise. That is unreasonable.”
Additional reporting from Press Association