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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.

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Record number of new nurse recruits to join Midlands hospital ranks

160 new nurses will join The Heart of England NHS Trust Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A record number of new nurses will soon be joining wards at Solihull, Heartlands and Good Hope Hospitals.

The Heart of England NHS Trust has just taken on a hundred and sixty nurses.

It's hoped the new recruits will boost morale and reduce the use of agency and temporary staff.

"We are confident we have attracted the best talent to provide the best patient care and are hugely appreciative that they have made the decision to join us."

– Sam Foster, Chief Nurse, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
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