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Junior doctors across the West have begun their first 48 hour strike.
The row is over new contracts and weekend pay. These are doctors on the picket line in Taunton, Somerset today.
NHS England says consultants and nurses will provide cover but some non-emergency treatments have been cancelled.
Junior doctors across the South West will walk out on strike again this morning (9 March) from 8am.
It's the latest action in a row over new contracts. The BMA say their striking against the imposed changes in pay for unsocial hours, claiming it devalues the work doctors do on evenings and weekends.
This will be the first 48 hour strike, ending at 8am on Friday.
Hundreds of non-emergency operations and appointments have been cancelled, but emergency cover is still being provided.
Meanwhile, all hospitals in Somerset remain on Black Alert - meaning they're all struggling to cope with unprecedented demand for services.
Patients have been urged to stay away from A & E unless it's a genuine emergency.
Latest ITV News reports
More than 1,300 appointments and operations have been postponed at hospitals across the West as third junior doctors strike over contracts.