As junior doctors took part in the first all-out strike in history amidst questions about patient safety, GP trainee Cara Neal explained her motivation for striking.
On a march to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton she said:
"Whilst I was a medical student my dad died in this hospital in the A&E. And I can't tell you how hard it was to walk in the door and work in A&E where I knew my dad had died.
"So if Jeremy Hunt or David Cameron thinks we are going to give up, we're not. Because that took the most guts I've ever had to have, and this is nothing. I will keep striking, I will keep going."
The junior doctor explained:
"I truly believe this is going to be the final nail in the coffin for an NHS free at the point of access. The amount of despair that I have seen in my colleagues is going to mean we can't fill the rostas to a safe level. And that will be the point at which they swoop in and we become a different health service that we don't want".
Junior doctors across the South East walked out for a second 24-hour strike today amid the ongoing row with the Government over pay and weekend working.
Operations, check-ups and tests have been cancelled as a result of the industrial action, which started at 8 o'clock this morning.
Junior doctors have been at picket lines outside many of the region's major hospitals today including Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone and Ashford - but Accident and Emergency departments were staffed as usual. Sarah Saunders reports.
Patients in Hampshire could have their operations cancelled - if strikes by junior doctors go ahead.
Southampton General Hospital and The Royal County Hospital in Winchester are among those affected.
It follows a ballot last week where junior doctors across England voted to strike during three days in December.
The University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust trust responsible for both hospitals says it's working to minimise disruption to patients.
Junior doctors from across the region are among thousands who've been demonstrating against plans to change their contracts. The doctors say the Government's new deal would mean them working longer hours for less pay, reducing what they're paid for working night shifts and weekends. John Ryall met some of the demonstrators as they left Brighton railway station for London
Doctors from across the Meridian region have joined a protest march in London against plans which they say will see them working longer hours for less pay. The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants to reclassify doctors' normal working week to include Saturdays and late evening working. They say it could mean pay cuts of up to 30%, with "normal hours" reclassified as being from 7am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday. Extra payments for unsociable working will be earned only outside of these times, rather than the current arrangements of 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday. Erica Pool is a junior doctor at Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton and Amaran Cumarasny a medical student.
Junior doctors from across the region have been gathering for a protest against planned changes to their contracts.
A demonstration was held outside Brighton railway station by some junior doctors ahead of their journey to the capital for the main demonstration through the centre of London.
Labour's shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander is expected to call on Jeremy Hunt to "stop the high-handed demands" on junior doctors at a rally against proposed contract changes.
She will say:
Dr Johann Malawana,chairman of the British Medical Council's junior doctors' committee, has denied the Health Secretary's accusation it has misled doctors over proposed contract changes.
Ahead of a protest rally, he said it would be "a wake-up call for ministers" that pay and working hours reforms are "unacceptable".
Ahead of a march in protest against proposed changes to junior doctor pay and working conditions, an obstetrics and gynaecology registrar has taken to Twitter to explain why "it is too important not to make a noise about".