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More than 400 non emergency operations and appointments have been cancelled today after a walk out by the West's junior doctors.
Here are the figures ITV News have compiled of all the operations and appointments affected across the region.
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The Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust and Great Western Hospitals Trust did not provide the figures for the number of operations and appointments disrupted by the junior doctors industrial action today (12 January).
Junior doctors say they're striking against the imposed changes in pay for unsocial hours, claiming it devalues the work doctors do on evenings and weekends.
The next planned strike action will be on 26 January, when again only A&E will be covered.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is calling for junior doctors to end their strike action today (12 January).
The latest figs from NHS England say that nearly 40% of junior doctors across the country did report for work despite many others choosing to strike.
1279 inpatient and 2175 outpatient 'elective procedures' have been cancelled as a result of the industrial action.
Jeremy Hunt says striking isn't the right thing to do.
A picket line in Bristol took a slightly unusual twist this morning as junior doctors sang for onlookers.
Singing to the tune of Jessie J's Price Tag, the group cleverly changed the lyrics to support their cause, as they went on strike outside St Michael's Hospital.
You can listen below:
University Hospitals Bristol has confirmed they postponed 34 procedures as a result of the strike action by junior doctors.
However hospital chiefs say they their "plan is working" and they're "running all services as intended":
As the strike by junior doctors gets underway, many have turned up outside the region's biggest hospitals to mark their protest.
They say their striking against the imposed changes in pay for unsocial hours, claiming it devalues the work doctors do on evenings and weekends.
Junior doctors across the South West are to go on strike from 8am this morning.
Hundreds of operations and appointments have been cancelled. It's the first of a series of walk-outs after talks with the government over a new contract broke down. Emergency cover is still being provided.
The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is warning patients' lives may be put at risk during the upcoming strike by junior doctors, who argue they have been forced into this by the government's refusal to listen.
The British Medical Association says the strike shows "the strength of feeling amongst the profession", about proposed changes to working conditions and pay - which doctors say will put more pressure on the NHS and damage the standard of patient care.
Hundreds of operations have been postponed across the West - as our Health Correspondent Katie Rowlett reports.
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The strike by junior doctors ended at 8am today (13 January) but caused disruption in hospitals across our region, cancelling procedures.
A junior doctor is a qualified doctor who is working whilst training to become a consultant or GP.