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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West's junior doctors begin 48 hour strike

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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.

Picket line in Taunton from the second strike action taken in February. Credit: ITV West Country

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.

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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.

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