Is it ethical for doctors to strike?


The UK General Medical Council has said that doctors contemplating industrial action must follow its guidance. [1] “Doctors must make sure arrangements are in place to care for their patients,” its guidance says. “Their actions must not harm patients or put them at risk.”

There is a general consensus internationally that emergency care should always be provided during a strike, but other considerations also come into play when doctors consider the justification for a strike.

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