Junior Doctors across the Midlands to go on strike today

Hospital patients are being warned to expect increased pressure on services as hundreds of doctors across the region go on strike.

Hospital operations and procedures have been cancelled, and patients have been urged to utilise other NHS services where possible during the 24-hour walkout, which begins at 8am.

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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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