Operations cancelled across the West as junior doctors strike

Hospitals are facing increased pressure on services as thousands of junior doctors go on strike across the West.

Hundreds of hospital operations and procedures have been cancelled, and patients have been urged to utilise other NHS services where possible during the 24-hour walkout.

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Junior doctor's strike to go ahead after talks fail

Last December, hundreds of appointments and operations were cancelled despite the junior doctor's strike being called off. Credit: PA

Hundreds of operations and appointments may be cancelled across the West - as hospitals prepare for tomorrow's strike by junior doctors.

It's the first in a series of walk-outs after talks with the government broke down.

Junior doctors are unhappy over a new contract which would see 'unsociable hours' cut - meaning working the weekends and late nights would become 'normal', and therefore they would be paid at a lower rate.

Despite the strike, emergency cover is still being provided by hospitals.

Junior doctors will strike for 24 hours. Credit: PA

The news came as a host of NHS trusts were put on 'black alert'.

Last year a planned three-day strike in December was called off, but hundreds of patients across the West still had operations and appointments cancelled.

The strike is set to go ahead tomorrow from 8am for 24 hours.

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