Army medics may be brought in to help during junior doctors strike

Army medics may be drafted in to cover if a strike by junior doctors goes ahead.

Doctors are poised to take action on three days over pay and working conditions, providing emergency care only for 24 hours from 8am on Tuesday followed by full walkouts from 8am to 5pm on December 8 and 16.

In its Guide to Safe Picketing for the strike action, the BMA said: “It is likely that our armed forces colleagues will be asked to step in to provide support for clinical services on the days of action.

“The law does not permit them to take part in industrial action, but their support for services during the industrial action is welcome.”

Source: Army medics may be brought in to help during junior doctors strike – ITV News

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3 Thoughts to “Army medics may be brought in to help during junior doctors strike”

  1. Mr.Angry

    The Tories have trashed this once wonderful nation, it is coming to a head I fear fro the future of our nation and all it’s people.

  2. John Gaines

    Yeah, all that 23 week Medical Training would have qualified them as Consultants, just do not expect to survive though.

    You can apply to train as a Combat Team Medic after you’ve completed basic military and trade training and spent some time with your unit. The 23-week course combines theory with hands-on practical training in civilian medical centres and ambulance stations. After that you’ll go back to your unit as a medic.

  3. Just made me wonder just how many army medics there actually are… surely they won’t do any operating… and aren’t the juniors providing A&E cover anyway? Most in-patients won’t miss seeing a doctor doing the ’rounds’.

    Hospitals won’t grind to a halt I don’t think.

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