Junior doctors to strike again

Junior doctors are set to strike for 72 hours again, after talks with the government broke down.

The walkout will take place from 7am on 14 June to 6:59am on 17 June.

The British Medical Association (BMA) union is calling for a 35 per cent rise, to make up for years of below inflation rises.

The BMA said: "In response to the Government’s paltry 5% pay increase offer we are calling for a full 72-hour walk out of all junior doctors in England. Junior doctors deserve full pay restoration now – and the goal of this third round of industrial action is to force the Government to put forward a credible offer."

This is set to be the third strike by junior doctors since the beginning of the pay dispute.

Health secretary Steve Barclay said on Twitter: "It is disappointing that @BMA_JuniorDocs have decided to call for more strike action.

"We made a fair and reasonable offer, and were in active discussions on a range of issues.

"I am still keen to continue talks if these hugely disruptive strikes are called off."