BMA guidance

Junior doctors guide to strike action in England

Find out more about striking as an NHS junior doctor in England.

Updated: Tuesday 5 December 2023
Junior doctor pay protest crowd July 2022
December and January strikes: 216 hour full walkout


The BMA is calling for NHS junior doctors in England to take strike action for 3 days in December and 6 days in January.


There will be a full walkout from 7am on Wednesday 20 December to 7am on Saturday 23 December, followed by a six-day full walkout from 7am on Wednesday 3 January to 7am on Tuesday 9 January.


This means you should not attend any shifts starting after 6:59am on the first day of strike action. You can then attend any shifts starting from 7am on the final day.


Put in your postcode to find your nearest picket line and take a look at our picketing guidance.

Our aims

Junior doctors in the NHS in England are taking strike action in 2023 and 2024 to:

  1. achieve full pay restoration to reverse the steep decline in pay faced by junior doctors since 2008/9
  2. agree on a mechanism with the Government to prevent any future declines against the cost of living and inflation
  3. reform the DDRB (Doctors' and Dentists' Review Body) process so pay increases can be recommended independently and fairly to safeguard the recruitment and retention of junior doctors.

Find out if you can take part in industrial action as a junior doctor.