Daily Mirror: Holby City stars to walk out on strike in support of NHS junior doctors

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Holby City stars to walk out on strike in support of NHS junior doctors

TV medics to show solidarity with NHS staff as they prepare to down tools in protest over government reforms

Jac Naylor (ROSIE MARCEL)
Solidarity: Holby star Rosie Marcel

Stars of BBC hospital drama Holby City say they will join NHS staff on strike in a show of support for their real-life counterparts.

Actors could walk out, disrupting filming of the show, which is watched by five million viewers each week.

Several big names are said to have agreed to the stoppage and are passionate about supporting medical staff embroiled in a contracts row with Health ­Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Rosie Marcel , 38, who has played Holby City surgeon Jac Naylor since 2005, said: “We’ll all strike together and take a break. We all support the NHS.

“I remember being asked last year if I was having an NHS birth – I was like yes!”

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lA protester holds a placard at a demonstration in support of junior doctors in London
Strike: A protester holds a placard at a demonstration in support of junior doctors in London

New mum Rosie revealed show bosses plan to reflect the ­challenges currently affecting NHS staff in forthcoming scripts.

Storylines are expected to see the hospital pushed to breaking point by long hours for medics
and understaffing.

Rosie added: “We’re going to have some exhausted doctors and some doctors working Sundays.

“Some of it’s going to be quite ­relevant. It’s not going to be until a few months’ time, I don’t know how relevant it will be then but it probably will be, unfortunately.”

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