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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Operations postponed as junior doctors prepare to strike on 'vital issues'

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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