Posted on November 30, 2015 Updated on November 30, 2015
Denis Campbell Health policy editor Monday 30 November 2015 19.14 GMT
Junior doctors called off three days of planned strikes that would have seriously disrupted NHS services after a last-minute agreement to hold further talks withJeremy Hunt to try and agree the details of a new contract.
The dramatic breakthrough in the increasingly bitter dispute arrived only hours before the first strike was due to begin at 8am on Tuesday, which would have left many hospitals in England offering only the very limited range of services usually seen on Christmas Day.
It came following five days of discussions, overseen by the independent Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), between the British Medical Association (BMA), NHS Employers and Hunt’s Department of Health (DH).
It means that walkouts planned for 1, 8 and 16 December have been called off. The BMA agreed to call off those strikes after the health secretary finally bowed to their repeated request to drop his longstanding demand – albeit temporarily – to impose a punitive new contract on England’s 45,000 junior doctors if agreement was not reached, largely on terms he had dictated. His stance had sparked huge anger among the affected doctors in training, 98% of whom voted for strike action in protest.
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