>> Totally irresponsible. Britain's Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt slamming plans to strike by junior doctors. Their walkout is planned to last five days from September the 12th, the longest in the history of the UK's National Health Service. It's a reaction to government plans for a fuller seven day NHS to begin next month.
According to Jeremy Hunt, the contract will create a safer service with more doctors at the weekend. Junior doctors say he's missing out crucial details.>> What he's not telling the public is that there are no more doctors available. And he's not providing anymore funding for any more doctors or any more services.
So all this contract means is that the current services are going to be stretched even thinner than they already are. And that doctors are gonna be worked harder and they're gonna be more tired then they already are. And tired doctors make mistakes and we know that. So we're very concerned if this contract goes through.
The contract is putting patients lives a risk and that's something really worrying for us.>> There are over 50,000 junior doctors across the UK and Hunt says around twice as many operations could be canceled as a result of the strike. And it's not this year's first. The latest plans follow protests in January and April.
After that, the British Medical Association agreed with the government to end the standoff. But then its members voted to reject the new terms. The BMA says there were worries its staff would be stretched too thinly particularly part timers and weekend workers. And the junior doctors feel they've been left no choice to get the attention they want.