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Junior doctor strikes continue as three joint walkouts with consultants loom

JUNIOR doctors in England remained on strike today as their first-ever joint walkout with consultants comes to an end.

Making up around half of the medical workforce, the junior doctors will complete three days of their industrial action tomorrow, before joining up with consultants again for walkouts on October 2, 3 and 4.

The strike comes after the BBC used freedom of information laws to reveal the NHS is having to pay millions of pounds to cover for striking doctors.

Some trusts said they were forced to pay premium rates set out by the British Medical Association (BMA) for what doctors should charge when asked to do non-contractual work.

A BMA spokeswoman said the rates were designed to reflect the market value of doctors’ work.

Junior doctors have asked for 35 per cent “pay restoration” as a “starting position.”

Health Secretary Steve Barclay has said that the average junior doctor is getting 8.8 per cent, with 6 per cent rise for consultants plus “generous reforms to their pensions.”

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