More than half of all junior doctors are on strike today, NHS England figures show.
NHS trusts have reported that 39% of junior doctors (out of a possible 26,000 who would be expected to be in work on a typical day) have reported for duty on the day shift.
This includes those working in urgent and emergency care, who were planning to work.
This means more than half - 61% - are on strike.
Combining junior doctors, other doctors and consultants, the data shows 71% of the total trust medical workforce in work today.
NHS Trusts have also reported today that the following elective procedures due to take place today have been cancelled as as a result of industrial actrion:
- 1,279 inpatient prodcedures
- 2,175 day cases
As expected, unfortunately, this action has caused disruption to patient care and we apologise to all patients affected. It’s a tough day but the NHS is pulling out all the stops, with senior doctors and nurses often stepping in to provide cover.
We are actively monitoring the situation across the country and the impact of the action is broadly in line with what we were expecting. NHS trusts are now working hard to reschedule cancelled tests, appointments and operations as soon as is possible.
Retired Dr Henry Goodall, who was a junior doctor in 1970, says the current generation are "used to working less hard with fewer hours".
As junior doctors in hospitals across England go on strike for 24 hours today, a junior doctor writes for ITV News on why she is striking.
A government aide was filmed trying to prevent a reporter asking why Jeremy Hunt was not speaking ahead of today's national doctors' strike