Thousands of West doctors walk out for 48 hours over contracts row

Thousands of junior doctors across England have joined a 48-hour strike as their row with the government over new contracts continues.

Junior doctors will provide emergency care only from 8am today and tomorrow, with two further 48-hour strikes planned in April.

The strikes have led to the cancellation of hundreds of operations and procedures.

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Doctors in Taunton form picket line

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.

A picket line in Taunton this morning. Credit: ITV West Country

NHS England says consultants and nurses will provide cover but some non-emergency treatments have been cancelled.

Credit: ITV West Country

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