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About 45,000 workers to begin industrial action on Tuesday after negotiations break down amid hospital crisis
Ambulances outside a hospital's A&E department
Striking junior doctors will only provide emergency cover. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian
A strike by junior doctors is to go ahead next week after last-ditch talks over the health secretary’s plans to impose a new contract on them failed to break the deadlock, the negotiating service Acas has said.
While it called Friday’s negotiations constructive and said they would continue next week, a spokesman for Acas said they were not enough to avert the industrial action, which is due to start on Tuesday.
About 45,000 junior doctors in England voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action and will provide only emergency cover.
Doctors have previously blamed the government for failing to address their concerns about the “need for robust contractual safeguards on safe working, and proper recognition for those working unsocial hours”.
Earlier this week, Jeremy Hunt said the planned strikes were “extremely disappointing”, adding: “We had made good progress in talks, resolving 15 of the 16 issues put forward by the union – everything apart from weekend pay.”
Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jan/08/junior-doctors-strike-to-go-ahead-after-talks-fail

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