Junior Doctors in York Initiate Another Strike, Resulting in More Postponed Operations
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Junior Doctors in York Initiate Another Strike, Resulting in More Postponed Operations

Medics across England went out on strike for six days from today – the longest walk-out by doctors in NHS history. The industrial action runs until 7am on Tuesday January 9. It comes at one of the busiest times of the year for the NHS as it grapples with increased pressure from winter viruses and a rise in people coming forward who delayed seeking help over the holidays. The NHS has warned that the strike, which could see up to half of the medical workforce in England walk out, could lead to ‘the most difficult start to the year the NHS has ever faced’. A spokesperson for York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust stressed this morning that consultants and other specialist doctors would still be working in York. But they admitted that the strike by junior doctors would have an impact. “During the industrial action, we are prioritising urgent and emergency treatment to protect patient safety and ensure those in life-saving emergencies can receive the best possible care,” the spokesperson said. “It is vital that people do not put off seeking medical.”