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Junior doctors return to work as talks begin to avoid next walk-out

Doctors have ended their strike and returned to work amid new hope that a deal over changes to their contracts can be reached before the next planned 48-hour walkout.

Thousands of junior doctors walked out for 24 hours, while around 4,000 operations had to be cancelled.

Two further strikes are planned but talks are expected to resume in an effort to break the stalemate.

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'Last resort': public's views on junior doctors' strike

Members of the public outside Milton Keynes Hospital have been giving their views on today's strike action by junior doctors across hospitals in England.

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They've got to be junior doctors before they can get to consultant stage, they staff the hospital, so we definitely need them to keep the hospital going.

I think the strike really is their last resort because they're really angry.

– Josie Woodhouse

The junior doctors have helped me so much since my son Dexter was born 5 months ago as he wasn't very well. They do an amazing job in very difficult circumstances. I think they are underpaid and overworked.

– Juliane Ward
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It's unusual, but I suppose needs must.

I think the government are trying to do something with the NHS without putting in the money needed and I support their right to strike.

– Les

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