The doctors’ union the British Medical Association has announced that junior doctors across the country will go on for a further five days, after national pay negotiations failed to reach agreement.

Local NHS leaders across mid and south Essex are appealing for the public’s support as they prepare for another period of strike action, which will cause significant disruption to local services.

The strike will run from 7am on Saturday 24 February to 11.59pm on Wednesday 28 February. There will also be some disruption before and after the strike as NHS services make adjustments to prepare for the strike period.

It is anticipated that both routine and emergency care are likely to be significantly affected. In order to prioritise life-saving emergency treatment for people who need it, hospitals are likely to postpone some non-urgent operations, treatments and routine appointments. Where this is the case, patients will be contacted directly. If you have not been contacted, you should attend appointments as planned.

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