The UK government is considering compelling healthcare staff to work during strikes as doctors in England stage coordinated walkouts. Senior consultants initiated a 48-hour strike, joined by junior doctors on the following day. Additional joint strikes are planned for next month. Doctors pledge to provide emergency care during the strikes but want to protect key treatments like chemotherapy and dialysis. The government aims to balance workers’ right to strike with patients’ right to essential care, citing similar measures in France and Italy. The NHS has canceled 900,000 appointments due to doctor strikes this year, while doctors seek fairness in pay, despite a recent raise.
Source – CGTN