Tens of thousands of general practitioners in the UK went on a 3-day strike due to disagreements over salary increases and working conditions.
The British Medical Association (BMA), which demanded a 35 percent salary increase for doctors due to the increasing cost of living and the cost of living in the country, decided to stop work for 72 hours.
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The strike of general practitioners will end on Thursday morning, March 16.
British Health Minister Steve Barclay, in his article in The Telegraph regarding the doctors’ decision to strike, stated that the demand for a 35 percent salary increase is “simply unaffordable”.
Barclay warned that the strike action by general practitioners would cause “major disruption” to the health system and threaten patient safety.
Many appointments and treatments were canceled in the country due to the work stoppage by tens of thousands of doctors.
The general practitioners’ strike, coupled with already short staffing shortages, record backlogs and ongoing work stoppages by health workers, is expected to further increase pressure on the system.
Long-running negotiations between the government and other health unions will continue this week.
The last time GPs in the UK went on strike was in 2016 over a new contract.