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Patients advised to expect ‘widespread disruption’ as junior doctors set to strike

Junior doctors on the picket line in Northern Ireland

Further disruption to health services will be experienced this week, due to the latest strike action called by the BMA Junior Doctors’ Committee.


This will run from 7am on Thursday 06 June to 7am on Saturday 08 June.


In a short statement a spokesperson for the Department of Health said:


“Patients are advised to expect widespread disruption to normal services.


“Health & Social Care (HSC) Trust websites will provide more information later this week on affected service areas.


“When the ballot for this industrial action was launched, junior doctors, like the rest of Northern Ireland’s health service staff, had received no pay award for 2023/24.


“This is no longer the case. A backdated 2023/24 pay award for junior doctors will be paid this month, with its terms in line with the recommendations of the national pay review body, the DDRB.


“This pay award involves an average pay increase of 9.07% for junior doctors in Northern Ireland, with those in their first year receiving a 10.68% uplift.”

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