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Junior doctors on strike in Cumbria

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A number of junior doctors in Cumbria are taking part in a national 48-hour strike.

It's the latest in an ongoing row with the government over new contracts, however, the local NHS board say that very few patients will be affected.

"We have already seen our contingency plans tested by strike action by Junior Doctors. Our first priority is patient safety and we can reassure the public that all NHS organisations in Cumbria have tried and tested plans in place. “As ever, we would urge people using NHS services to ‘help us to help you’ by using the right service for your needs. A+E is for serious and life threatening injuries and conditions.”

– Dr David Rogers, NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group