Cast of Green Wing join striking junior doctors at Northwick Park Hospital
PUBLISHED: 15:07 06 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:26 06 April 2016
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The cast members of medical comedy Green Wing joined striking junior doctors outside Northwick Park Hospital today.
Stephen Mangan, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Pippa Haywood, Tamsin Greig and Oliver Chris showed their support for the medics who are taking industrial action over proposed contract changes.
The cast donned their scrubs at the picket line for the fourth strike as part of dispute with the government which the British Medical Association (BMA) claim will leave junior doctors subjected to pay cuts and changes to out of hours work.
Stephen Mangan, who played Guy in the series, sent out a tweet yesterday announcing all five will be reuniting in an act of solidity and support for doctors based at thehospital in Watford Road, Sudbury, where the series, which ended in 2007, was filmed.
The BMA also objects to other terms in the contract, which will be imposed from August, but has called on the government to resume negotiations.
Junior doctors will provide emergency care only during the strike with the first full walkout in the history of the NHS planned for later this month.
If it goes ahead junior doctors will withdraw all labour and provide no emergency cover.
Dr Anne Rainsberry, national incident director for NHS England, said: “As always, the safety and care of patients is our number one priority and everything possible is being done to make sure patients will still be able to access urgent and emergency services.”
A Department of Health spokeswoman added: “This strike is irresponsible and disproportionate, and, with almost 25,000 operations cancelled so far, it is patients who are suffering.
“If the BMA had agreed to negotiate on Saturday pay, as they promised to do through Acas in November, we’d have a negotiated agreement by now.”