Talks due to resume to solve junior doctor crisis

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Representatives of the government and the British Medical Association will re-start talks today to avoid  strikes by junior doctors slated to start on Tuesday. The strikes will be the first for decades and army medics are on stand-by to be drafted into hospitals as replacements, should the strikes go ahead.

A new report found that many maternity doctors would quit to work abroad if the government’s controversial new employment contract comes into force.

The report, commissioned by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, found that two-thirds of junior doctors in this field would quit for greener grass if the contract were to come into force in its current form.

The research suggests that 34 percent of maternity doctors would complete their training and 34 percent would hunt for work abroad. Worryingly 21 percent said they would leave the profession altogether.

The NHS strike will mean that emergency-only care will be provided for 24 hours from 8am on Tuesday, followed by full strikes from 8am to 5pm on 8 and 16 December.

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