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24 hour Junior Doctors strike ends in Midlands

The strike at Sandwell Hospital Credit: BPM Media

The first strike by junior doctors in England in 40 years has taken place with thousands walking out in a row over new contracts.

Thousands of hospital operations and procedures were cancelled, including 600 in Leicester and Nottingham.

During the strike, Sandwell Hospital in West Bromwich declared a level 4 incident and told its junior doctors they must attend work.

However later in the day, the Chief Executive of Sandwell Hospital, Toby Lewis, said it 'was not a major incident', but was one of 'considerable and unusual pressure'.

This 24-hour walkout will be followed by a further 48-hour stoppage on 26 January, with junior doctors providing emergency care only during this time.

Another planned strike on 10 February is set to see the full withdrawal of labour from 8am to 5pm.

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Pictures: See how the 24-hour walk-out by junior doctors has started

Thousands of junior doctors in England are to begin strike action today, with patients being warned to expect major disruption.

Junior doctor strikes in Birmingham today Credit: BPM Media
Junior doctor strikes in Birmingham today Credit: BPM Media
Junior doctor strikes in Birmingham today Credit: BPM Media

Talks last week between the British Medical Association (BMA) and NHS Employers were "constructive" but did not reach a deal.

Junior doctor strikes in Birmingham today Credit: BPM Media
Junior doctor strikes in Birmingham today Credit: BPM Media

The strike is due to last for 24 hours, during which time the doctors will provide only emergency cover.

Doctors called in despite strike after major incident at Sandwell Hospital

Sandwell Hospital has told its junior doctors that they must attend work following a major level 4 incident.

Thousands of junior doctors in England are to begin strike action today, with patients being warned to expect major disruption.

It is due to last for 24 hours, during which time the doctors will provide only emergency cover.

Over the last two days we have had very high numbers of patients come to hospital, and fewer than usual discharged.

Because of that we decided to require trainee doctors allocated to ward work to attend Sandwell during today's strike. Staff taking action at City are unaffected. We would like to thank local doctors' representatives for their constructive support and advice.

– Dr Roger Stedman, Medical Director at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

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