The coming week is likely to be “the most disruptive period of [industrial] action in NHS history,” warned Sir Stephen Powis, NHS England’s medical director today, as junior doctors kickstarted a fresh round of strikes, lasting until Saturday morning.

Brits are being warned to avoid “risky behaviour” as over 47,600 members of the British Medical Association (BMA) stage a walk out, which will affect all hospital departments in England.

“Junior doctor” is a broad term covering the entire cohort of staff below consultant level. This means junior doctor pay ranges anywhere from £29,000 a year for those fresh out of university to around £77,000 for medics with up to a decade of experience.