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UK Doctors May Strike Over Pay as Truss Urges Wage ‘Control’

  • Support for strike action is growing among junior doctors
  • The BMA has demanded pay restoration by end of September

UK doctors threatened strike action over pay levels as Liz Truss, the favorite to succeed Boris Johnson as prime minister next month, cautioned that the government needs to “control” wage levels to avoid stoking inflation.

Junior doctors will vote on strike action if the government doesn’t by the end of September commit to restoring their pay to 2008-2009 levels when adjusted for inflation, the British Medical Association said late Thursday in a letter to Health Secretary Steve Barclay. In a statement, the BMA said real pay was now 25% lower than 13 years ago, and that doctors are “demoralized, significantly burnt out, and feel undervalued by the government’s failure to take any action to address pay erosion.”