Thames Valley Junior Doctors On Strike

Thousands of junior doctors are staging the first all-out strike in the history of the NHS.

The Government and the British Medical Association have reached a huge block in their negotiations over new contracts.

It means junior doctors strike from 8am to 5pm Tuesday and again on Wednesday.

The Health Secretary, says he's motivated by a desire to improve weekend services in the NHS.

Jeremy Hunt told MPs, "We are proud of the NHS as one of our greatest institutions but we must turn that pride into actions and a seven-day service will help us turn the NHS into one of the highest quality healthcare systems in the world".

The BMA say "The Health Secretary is trying to find some way to throw mud at the junior doctors of this country who have been providing weekend and night emergency cover since the NHS started.''

Medics claim changes to contracts will leave hospitals overstretched and understaffed.

Dr Henry Jefferson lives in Oxford and works at Reading's Royal Berkshire Hospital.

He tells Heart, "up until around July when Jeremy Hunt started his campaign against us - that's what it feels like - at no point before then did I ever consider this would be part of my career and it is so sad that it has come to this".

Listen to more from Dr Henry Jefferson below.

An Ipsos Mori poll shows 57% of the public support the walk out.

We've been asking these people outside Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital what they think.

Many junior doctors will spend some time on the picket line before heading off to teach free lifesaving skills.

Among the venues hosting Little Life Savers on Tuesday:

10am - Tackley Village Hall
12pm - Sanford-on-Thames Village Hall

Wednesday:

9.30am - Windmill School, Headington

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