Doctors across the region are expected to strike today in a row with the government over increases to pension contributions and later retirement ages.
The action has been organised by the British Medical Association and will affect all non-urgent work like outpatient appointments, but doctors will still see patients who are ill. Most doctors will be taking industrial action for the first time, with the last dispute almost 40 years ago.
As doctors take part in their first industrial action since 1975 we look at why they have taken the step and what effect it has had
As doctors in the west take part in industrial action, we hear why they have had to take this step and what effect it will have on patients