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Junior doctors to take part in second day of first all-out strike in NHS history

Junior doctors are set to take part in the second day of the all-out strike in the row over contracts.

More than 20,000 junior doctors are thought to have been on strike yesterday as the Health Secretary admitted this was likely to be his "last big job in politics".

The strike is planned to take place between 8am and 5pm on Wednesday.

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BMA chief defends junior doctors' strike action

The head of the BMA has defended the decision for junior doctors to go ahead with a two-day strike over the imposition of a new contract, saying the government "utterly refuses to listen to the concerns of junior doctors".

Dr Mark Porter said as long as the government planned to impose the disputed contract, "industrial action will have to be mounted".

He also reiterated that there will be a full emergency service in place while strike action takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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