Whether you agree with the BMA or with the junior doctors, no one can deny that ongoing strikes are impacting upon patient care.
This time the strikes are due to take place from 12-16 September. Plans are being put in place by hospitals to ensure there is sufficient emergency cover but the reduced staff numbers will inevitably impact on routine care during this period.
If you think this will affect you, contact your treatment providers now to make any necessary alternative arrangements.
Simon Emmet is waiting for surgery. He is meant to have it in the next four weeks, but is certain the strikes will push it back. "I can't see that the strikes won't delay my surgery. I've been to A&E with abdominal pain twice in the last week. I constantly feel nauseous and I'm in constant pain. I have to take very strong painkillers which make me drowsy. I work from home and I have to balance taking enough painkillers so I can work through the pain but not so many that I'm too dopey to work. Often I end each day in so much pain that I just lie on the floor. I'd really like to believe the doctors have the patient's best interest at heart but it doesn't seem right. They've been arguing about this for three years."