A striking junior doctor has said morale across the NHS was now at "an all-time low" as industrial action begins in England for 48 hours.
Orthopaedic registrar Christopher Gee said "doctors feel they have been backed into a corner."
It is very frustrating...
We all very conclusively believe we have no other choice but to strike. We are trying to do everything we can to get the Government to listen.
The junior doctors' contract is a significant patient safety issue. There is a recruitment crisis in the NHS - doctors and nurses are already stretched.
Trying to stretch services further when there hasn't been any proper planning is essentially dangerous for patients.
Thousands of junior doctors in England take part in a second day of strike action over a row with the Government about a new contract.
Conflicting research and political caution mean getting the facts behind claims by Hunt and the BMA is very tough, writes Allegra Stratton.
Medical professionals on the picket line at Royal Blackburn Hospital said the new contract offered by government 'threatens patient safety'.