Junior doctors strike in Cardiff. Photo: Katrine Williams
Junior doctors strike in Cardiff. Photo: Katrine Williams

On Monday 25 March, 3,000 junior doctors in Wales started their longest strike yet.

The four-day strike is the third period of action this year.

The BMA Cymru/Wales Junior Doctors Committee says pay has been cut by almost a third since 2008. The Labour-led Welsh government’s 5% offer is below inflation and the worst offer in the UK.

The BMA told the press: “We don’t want to be in this position but again, faced with inaction, we are left with no choice… Junior doctors are starting their careers earning £13.65 an hour in Wales. Is that all they are worth? They are providing lifesaving care after training for years, and are shouldering up to £100,000 of debt. We will continue our fight for fair pay for all doctors working in the NHS. It is no surprise that we are losing doctors as they search for better pay and conditions elsewhere.”

  • Socialist Party members visited the picket lines – and at Morriston Hospital in Swansea were entrusted with delivering the pickets’ breakfast!