Good news for now, but it seems there is still likely to be significant disruption for patients in the coming months.
The British Medical Association has called off the junior doctors' strike due to take place in England next week amid concerns about patient safety. The BMA said it was not backing down in the fight over a new contract and further strikes would go ahead unless the government negotiates a new deal. Medical leaders had warned the short notice meant care would be put at risk. Jeremy Hunt welcomed the announcement, but said future strikes would bring "unprecedented misery" to patients. The General Medical Council had urged doctors to reconsider the stoppage, warning they could face regulatory action because the timing and length of the walkout would mean care was inevitably compromised.