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Northern Ireland junior doctors back their striking colleagues

By Victoria O'Hara

Published 27/04/2016

A picket line outside Bristol Royal Infirmary as thousands of junior doctors begun the first all-out strike in the history of the NHS
A picket line outside Bristol Royal Infirmary as thousands of junior doctors begun the first all-out strike in the history of the NHS

Junior doctors in Northern Ireland have voiced strong support for medics in England after the first all-out doctors' strike in the NHS's history.

The walk-out sparked by the refusal by Westminster's Health Ministers to negotiate over controversial work contracts resulting in strike action.

They spoke of their backing for thousands of fellow doctors and warned that the NHS needs to be protected in Northern Ireland.

Junior doctors walked out of both routine and emergency care at 8am yesterday until 5pm in protest at the imposition by Jeremy Hunt of a new contract from the summer.

The medics fear that the new contract is "unsafe" and will put patients in danger.

It is the first time services such as A&E, maternity and intensive care have been hit in the long-running dispute. Among strikers were doctors from here who offered support on the picket lines.

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