This is clearly a controversial issue - on one hand you have the argument that doctors striking will put patients at risk, but on the other hand, if the doctors are being asked to work under unreasonable contracts, that will also put patients at risk.
'Tired doctors make mistakes' - a phrase which has been used on banners over recent weeks. This is inevitably true and we all make mistakes when we are tired but the difference is, when you are a doctor, someone's life could be at stake.
To me, this is the issue which needs to be resolved. Additional pay is not going to make our doctors any less tired - it is the hours they are expected to work which needs to be addressed.
The NHS and the government need to work together to ensure that the interests of both the patients and the doctors are taken into account to ensure that healthcare is delivered in the most effective way possible, both from a costs and a safety perspective.
Junior doctors in England have overwhelmingly voted in favour of going on strike in their dispute with ministers over a new contract. Some 98% voted in favour of a full strike and 99% in favour of action just short of a full strike. The British Medical Association (BMA) said it was "inevitable" disruption would be caused to patients as a result of the strikes. The action is likely to lead to the cancelling and rescheduling of thousands of routine appointments, tests and operations with the NHS forced to prioritise emergency cases. BMA leaders said they regretted this, but added ministers had left them no choice because the contract was "unsafe". The dates for industrial action are: 08:00 GMT 1 December to 08:00 GMT 2 December (junior doctors to staff emergency care) 08:00 GMT to 17:00 8 December (full strike) 08:00 GMT to 17:00 16 December (full strike)