Junior doctor strikes: full coverage as pickets held at 150 hospitals

Junior doctor strikes began on 12 January for the first time in 40 years after contract talks between the BMA and the government collapsed. Read our round-up of GPonline news, videos and highlights from social media below.

More than 150 pickets and 'meet the doctor' events have taken place across England as part of the industrial action, according to the BMA.

BMA junior doctors committee chairman Dr Johann Malawana welcomed the 'clear message' the strong turnout sent to the government. 'Junior doctors in their thousands have made it quite clear what they think of the government’s plans to impose contracts in which junior doctors have no confidence,' he said.

GP trainees, senior GPs and others have spoken to GPonline at pickets in east London. Trainee Dr Sarah McConnell (see video below) said the contract on offer was dangerous for patients and doctors alike, and had left junior doctors with no option but strikes.

Video: GPonline speaks to doctors on strike

GPonline spoke to several more GPs and trainees - click the links below to watch short videos:

GPonline news coverage

Meanwhile, GPs and doctors across the country have been taking to social media to show the support the strikes have received.

Junior doctors have been backed by members of the public, too.

And colleagues have used their lunchbreaks to show support for junior doctors.

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