Junior doctors in England are taking part in a three-day strike, starting on Monday along with other sectors such as civil servants, teachers, university staff, London Underground drivers and BBC journalists, in a dispute over pay and conditions.
The strikes were initiated by the British Medical Association (BMA) as part of industrial action called in response to years of pay restraint, which has seen some professions suffering a 26% pay cut since 2008 after the Financial Crisis.
The strike has caused rumoured disruption for hospitals, which has necessitated the postponement of thousands of operations and consultations throughout the week.
In summary, this is the longest-ever period of industrial action launched by junior doctors in the UK as they are taking part in a three-day strike.
The strike was mediated by the British Medical Association (BMA) due to the long-term pay reductions that junior doctors face.
Furthermore, this strike complements other strikes launched by several trade unions in England across key sectors including civil servants, teachers, university staff, London Underground drivers and BBC journalists.
Hospital chiefs and the BMA do not agree on arrangements to maintain emergency and critical care cover during walk-outs, leading to hospital chiefs having to rush to maintain services.