Junior doctors across the West begin a second 24 hour strike from 8am this morning.

It follows a march in Bristol on the weekend and is the second of a series of walk-outs after talks with the government over a new contract have broken down. The row centres on a disagreement over new contracts and weekend pay.

NHS England says consultants and nurses will provide cover in areas affected by industrial action, but some non-emergency treatments have been cancelled.

While some junior doctors are taking to the streets in protest, many are making a judgment to walk out of the profession completely. In the last five years more than 600 junior doctors have already made the decision to leave the UK - many to working in places like Australia.

The picket line outside Torbay Hospital on January 12th. Credit: ITV West Country

Last month's one day strike by junior doctors caused disruption in hospitals across the region - with more than 500 operations and outpatient appointments cancelled.


operations & appointments cancelled after pervious walk out in January.

But doctors like Dr Daniel Bunce from Derriford Hospital, says the Government needs to realise how dangerous the proposed new hours may be to patient safety.