Seven days in medicine: 1-7 May 2024

Pay negotiationsJunior doctors in Wales secure strike extensionBMA Cymru Wales has secured an extension of three months to the strike mandate for junior doctors to 17 September. The Welsh government and NHS Employers agreed to the extension to allow talks to continue, after recognising the strength of feeling among junior doctors and an overwhelming 98% vote by members last December in favour of industrial action. Oba Babs-Osibodu and Peter Fahey, co-chairs of the BMA’s Welsh Junior Doctors Committee, said, “The time is now to stick up for the profession and turn the tide of the continued erosion of pay once and for all.”Northern Ireland consultants are ballotedA ballot on industrial action by Northern Ireland consultants opened on 7 May, after talks between representatives of the BMA’s Northern Ireland Consultants Committee and the devolved Department of Health failed to yield progress. The talks were held in response to the committee’s concerns…

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