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The Chief Executives of the region's biggest hospital trusts say they're against government plans to impose a new contract on junior doctors. But the heads of the Royal United in Bath and University Hospitals Bristol agree that the new contract offered is 'reasonable.' Their names appeared on a controversial letter used by the health secretary to justify his decision to impose new terms on the doctors.
Both trusts have issued the following statements:
More than 800 operations and appointments have been cancelled across the West as junior doctors walk out for the second time.
They're protesting over a proposed new contract which they say will mean they'll have to work more anti-social hours with no extra pay. However all emergency care today was protected.
Here are the figures ITV News have compiled of all the operations and appointments affected across the region.
ROYAL UNITED HOSPITAL
DORSET COUNTY HOSPITAL
NORTH BRISTOL NHS TRUST
UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS BRISTOL
YEOVIL DISTRICT HOSPITAL
The Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust and Great Western Hospital would not provide the figures for the number of operations and appointments disrupted by the junior doctors industrial action today (10 February). This is the second time these both trusts have refused to provide their figures.
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.
See the full report here:
Junior doctors across the West Country are taking part in a 24 hour strike.
The row is over new contracts and weekend pay. We spoke to some of those on the picket line in Taunton about why they're striking:
Junior Doctors have formed a picket line at Cheltenham General Hospital.
It's one of many across the West as a 24 hour strike is underway for the second time.
They're protesting over proposed new contracts which will see them working more anti-social hours with no extra pay.
Junior doctors across the West have begun their second 24 hour strike.
The row is over new contracts and weekend pay. NHS England says consultants and nurses will provide cover but some non-emergency treatments have been cancelled.