Junior doctors across England will be going on strike in response to a dispute between the government and the British Medical Association (BMA) regarding new contracts.
The strike will be between the hours of 8am and 5pm on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 April and will be a full withdrawal of labour which will affect all services, including neonatal care.
Hospitals have reviewed their staffing arrangements and put in place teams including neonatal nurses – who provide the majority of a baby’s daily care - and consultants to continue to provide care during the strike.
Caroline Davey, Chief Executive of Bliss, recently signed a public letter to Jeremy Hunt and the BMA, urging both parties to resume negotiations over the new contracts. The letter, which was signed by 35 other health charities, emphasises the needs of patients and warns that if talks between the BMA and government are not resumed there will be long term damage to public trust and confidence in the NHS.
If parents have would like support during this time, please call the Bliss helpline on 0808 801 0322, between 10.00am to 4.00pm. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.