The Independent:

The leading body representing the interests of NHS patients has come out in support of junior doctors’ attempts to stop Jeremy Hunt imposing a new contract on the profession.

While not explicitly backing strike action the Patients Association said it was “glad to see the contract imposition being challenged”.

The statement from the 52-year-old patients’ advocacy group will come as a blow to the Health Secretary, who has positioned himself as a patients’ champion and repeatedly urged doctors not to strike because of the impact it could have on patients.

A fourth junior doctor strike commences on Wednesday at 8am, lasting 48 hours.

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