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Junior doctors' strike will affect A&E

Junior doctors across the region start an all-out strike at 8 o'clock this morning (April 26).

Although this is their fifth strike, it's the first time in history to include A and E departments.

Hospitals say they have arrangements in place to deal with emergency patients as normal, although many routine operations have been cancelled. The row with the government is over changes to contracts.

Dr Andy Thornley a consultant at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough says extensive plans have been made to ensure the safety of patients:

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Weather: Overnight update

Wintry showers will continue, heavy at times with hail, sleet or snow falling at even low levels.

Slight accumulations of snow are possible, mainly over high ground.

Icy patches are likely in places by the morning.

Coastal gales developing.

Minimum Temperature -1 °C.

Weather: A wintry feel

With high pressure in the west and low pressure in the east we are seeing a feed of chilly air moving down from the north.

A cold front has been moving across the region bringing chilly conditions.

Gusty winds follow with showers that will be wintry - even down to lover levels overnight.

Unfortunately for those hoping to see a return to last week's warm temperatures this set up is due to stay with us for the next few days.

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