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GMC issues guidance for doctors ahead of strike action

20th April 2016

The General Medical Council has called on doctors to take the needs of patients into account when organising the strike action set to take place later this month.

Set to be held on April 26th and 27th, the industrial action will involve a full suspension of services and is being organised in protest over the government's attempts to impose a new contract on junior doctors that has been described as unfair and unsafe.

As such, the GMC has issued guidance reminding doctors who will be on strike of their continuing professional obligations and the precautions they ought to take to minimise the harm and inconvenience that might be caused.

This includes the prospect of doctors returning to work in cases where patients are being placed at risk, while those in management roles will need to plan the action with great care.

Senior doctors and those not in training will need to bear responsibility for ensuring continuity of care as effectively as possible during the period.

Niall Dickson, chief executive and registrar of the GMC, said: "We know all doctors will want to do their utmost to reduce the risk of harm to patients and this advice is designed to help them achieve that."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801816966-ADNFCR

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