U.K. Junior Doctors Reach Deal to End Strikes Over New Contract

Junior doctors who’ve staged unprecedented strikes over the U.K. government’s imposition of a new contract in the state-run National Health Service have reached a deal to end the dispute.

The doctors’ labor union, the British Medical Association, announced the accord on Wednesday after 10 days of talks brokered by the independent Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, which intervenes in long-running industrial disputes.

The deal “has now been agreed by all parties as resolving the current dispute subject to securing the support of BMA junior doctor members in a referendum,” ACAS said in a statement on its website.

The doctors -- medical-school graduates training to be consultants or family practitioners -- undertook two days of all-out strikes last month, refusing to carry out emergency care for the first time, in protest at changes to pay and conditions in the contract being imposed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

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