Junior doctors in UK start third strike in 2023 over wage increase

Tens of thousands of junior doctors across Britain have waged a 3-day strike over low wages in the country, prompting health officials to issue warnings about huge disruptions in the sector.

Nearly 47,600 junior doctors, who are members of the British Medical Association (BMA), took part in the new strike that began on Wednesday and will continue until Saturday.

Government representatives have so far agreed to a five-percent pay raise despite demands by the doctors for a 35-percent wage increase.

Medics have seen a 26 percent pay cut in real terms in the last 15 years as salaries have failed to keep up with the high inflation rate, according to calculations conducted by the BMA’s Junior Doctors Committee.

The junior doctors representatives have also warned they will stage more strikes in the coming months if the government sticks to what doctors regard as an insufficient pay increase, but added that they remain open to further negotiations.

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