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The Government has conceded the union is likely to take action against the proposed plan, and it is believed the strike will result in hospitals only providing emergency care on 1 December, followed by an 8am – 5pm walk-out on 8 December and 16 December.

Joshua Rubenstein, a 28-year-old junior doctor, told The Independent: “I am striking because I don’t want to see this unsafe and unfair contract imposed on us. I am concerned about the removal of financial penalties against trusts who overwork their junior doctors.

“Without these, I worry Trusts will not take steps to avoid juniors working excessive hours – this would be unsafe for patients. Secondly, weekend working is possible in the context of the current contract – I worked 4 in every 6 weekends during my A+E job.

“The government wants juniors to provide services at lowest possible cost. This is at a time of record level student debt, as well as students having to self-fund a fair chunk of our training – I’ve spent close to £4000 on courses, exams and professional fees this year.

“I don’t really want a strike to go ahead – although I have no concerns about patient safety, because our consultant colleagues will cover our for us. I’m hoping the threat of a strike will pressure the government to drop their unreasonable preconditions to negotations with the BMA.”

Source: Junior doctors’ strike: 40,000 prepare to stage mass walk-out in December | UK | News | The Independent

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