Junior doctors will walk out of A&E departments at Huddersfield and Calderdale hospitals tomorrow morning as part of the first ‘all-out’ strike in the history of the NHS.

But BMA members taking part in the industrial action against their new contracts have insisted that their posts will be covered by senior doctors and patient safety will not be compromised.

The medics, below consultant grade, will refuse to work in all departments at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH) from 8am to 5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Junior doctors are protesting at contracts imposed on them by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt which will redefine their regular working hours and, says the BMA, lead to a pay cut and dangerously long shifts.

Henna Anwar, a junior doctor at Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax, said: “I feel like we don’t have a choice. We’ve been backed into a corner and the Government isn’t really listening to us.

“Consultants will be covering the shifts so we know it’s a safe strike. We’re doing it for the future of the NHS and I think people understand that.”

It is the latest in a series of strikes by the doctors.

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