Pressure grows on Cameron to avert all-out strike 12 30/03/2016
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The government was continuing to resist growing pressure to return to talks on the junior doctors’ contract yesterday.
The Academy of the Medical Royal Colleges stepped into the dispute urging the government and junior doctors to “step back from the brink” before next month’s all-out strike.
This was followed by a 1,200 signature letter to David Cameron organised by senior GPs urging him to intervene.
Last week health secretary Jeremy Hunt and other ministers insisted they would not negotiate any further on the contract they intend to impose this summer.
But even their senior medical adviser, NHS medical director Bruce Keogh, warned the dispute had “derailed” plans to improve weekend care.
Yesterday Labour shadow health spokeswoman Heidi Alexander promised to keep up the pressure on Mr Hunt to “find a solution” to the dispute.