The first all-out doctors' strike in the NHS's history began in England today with thousands of junior doctors walking out of routine and emergency care at 8am this morning.
It is the first time in the NHS's history that services such as A&E, maternity and intensive care have been affected, following the dispute over junior doctor's contracts.
The strike will take place today until 5pm with a further strike due to take place on Wednesday also between the hours of 8am-5pm.
The BBC reported that NHS England said "military level" contingency planning had been carried out to protect urgent and emergency care.
Nearly 13,000 routine operations and more than 100,000 appointments have been postponed to free up staff while consultants, middle grade doctors and nurses have been moved into emergency care.
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