Video: Why junior doctors are on strike, by a York doctor

Speaking out: Dr Veera Mirdavoudi, a junior doctor at York Hospital. Photograph: Richard McDougall
10 Feb 2016 @ 5.22 pm
| Health, News

Junior doctors staged a second 24-hour strike on Wednesday (February 10), walking out at 8am.

The walkout comes in a dispute over the new contract that the Government want to introduce in order to facilitate a “24/7 NHS”.

Among other changes, this would see Saturdays classed as a normal working day, with higher payments to doctors scrapped.

A large picket line gathered outside York Hospital as the dispute showed no signs of ending.

Dr Veera Mirdavoudi, a junior doctor who works for the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, is also a representative of the British Medical Association.

He said doctors were “extremely angry” about the situation, and said the new contract would put patients at risk.

In our video interview, recorded during the first walkout last month, he described the future of the NHS as “bleak” unless things can be turned around.