Junior doctors walk out

Junior doctors on strike outside Royal Preston Hospital 26/04/16
Junior doctors on strike outside Royal Preston Hospital 26/04/16
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Junior doctors have begun further strike action today, in a bitter dispute with the government over a new contract.

Thousands of junior doctors have begun the first all-out strike in the history of the NHS, with picket lines outside hospitals.

Junior doctors on strike outside Royal Preston Hospital 26/04/16

Junior doctors on strike outside Royal Preston Hospital 26/04/16

Procedures and operations have been postponed after the further walk-out was agreed by the British Medical Association.

Junior doctors will stage a fifth strike today until 5pm, and a further strike on Wednesday from 8am to 5pm.

It is the first time in this country that doctors have staged a full walk-out. In previous strikes junior doctors provided emergency care cover.