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The junior doctors in the United Kingdom have concluded their first industrial action that went on for 24 hours amid signs that an agreement might be reached soon. Officials said that thousands of doctors took part in the strike, which was the first strike by doctors in decades.
There are sing that an agreement might be reached over changes to the terms of the contract for junior doctors in the country. Some believe that an agreement might be reached before the next industrial action planned by the doctors.The doctors will again go on a two day strike on 26 January and a third action is planned for February if the talks do not reach an agreement.
A strike was suspended in the previous month after five days of negotiations on new proposed contracts but the two sides reached a stalemate earlier and doctors decided to go on strike.The British Medical Association (BMA) and the Government have not reached any agreement and around 98 per cent of the junior doctors, who were polled by the BMA, voted in favour of an industrial action. The protests forced thousands of operations to be cancelled and outpatient appointments to be rescheduled.
Under the proposed changes, junior doctorswill get an increase in their basic pay, but will have to work more weekends. They changes will also remove pay rises linked to time in the job and pay for working unsociable hours will be cut.
Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers, the body that represents NHS trusts, said,"There were 16 issues that were identified as issues we need to resolve, 15 of the 16 issues have been resolved. We just need everybody to get back round the table and resolve this. Let's get back round the table and agree."