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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Picket lines gather outside region's hospitals

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.

Outside the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital Credit: ITV News
The picket line gathering outside the Bristol Royal Infirmary Credit: ITV News
Junior doctors outside the Royal United Hospital in Bath Credit: ITV News

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