Former health minister and Lib Dem health spokesman Norman Lamb has said that the key problem in the dispute between junior doctors and the government over new contracts is down to a "chronic financial crisis" in the NHS.
"More strikes could be very damaging given that services are already under intolerable pressure," he said.
"I therefore repeat my call to the Government to agree to an urgent cross-party process aimed at achieving a new settlement for the NHS and care.
"There's no reason why we can't achieve a modern, highly effective NHS and care system but the government will have to work with others to achieve that."
The medical regulator has urged junior doctors to seriously consider whether or not to take part in a new wave of strikes.
A five-day strike by junior doctors has been called in the ongoing dispute over contracts, but what does it mean for patients?