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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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Hunt: 'No union has right to blackmail government'

Health secretary has denied stopping strike action by junior doctors is "in his hands", accusing the British Medical Association of trying to "blackmail" the government.

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Jeremy Hunt asked on BBC Breakfast: "Is it proportionate, or appropriate to withdraw emergency care?"

The Health Secretary said: "It was the first page of our manifesto that we'd have a seven-day NHS.

"I don't think any union has the right to blackmail the Government, to force the Government to abandon a manifesto promise that the British people have voted on."

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