UK junior doctors’ strike called off over patient safety fears

British Medical Association says October, November and December strikes will go ahead

Junior doctors and supporters hold placards during a strike outside St Thomas’s Hospital in London, in April. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Junior doctors and supporters hold placards during a strike outside St Thomas’s Hospital in London, in April. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

A union representing British doctors has called off a five-day strike scheduled for next week, citing concerns about patient safety, but it stuck to plans for walkouts later this year.

The British Medical Association (BMA) had planned a full strike by junior doctors from September 12th to 16th which would have been the longest stoppage in the nearly 70-year history of the National Health Service.

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