This is the tenth time the doctors or “junior doctors” have gone on strike since March last year. Guardian.
“Junior doctors” roughly corresponds to junior doctors – in principle all doctors who have graduated and are working but not trained as a full-fledged specialist or hold another non-academic designation.
The aim of the doctors' strikes, which were part of a long campaign, was to raise wages by 35 per cent to compensate for the huge fall in real wages from 2008/2009.
In total, health care strikes (including doctors, nurses and other staff) in the past 13 months have required rebooking of more than 1.3 million health care visits.
Health is estimated to take “weeks and months” to recover from the recent six-day strike.
In the last 10 months, junior doctors have gone on strike for a total of 34 days. The doctors' union British Medical Association (BMA) and the UK's health minister disagreed with the pay rise accepted by the striking doctors.
Doctors have long been in conflict with the UK government and are demanding both higher pay and better working conditions.
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