In a starkly furnished room, 11 people sit on chairs in a circle. Most have been here before, but there is a couple who stand out as newcomers to the group. They stick together, hunched over. They're twitchy, nervous, uncomfortable and on the verge of tears.
On 23 June 2016, the British public voted to leave the European Union, plunging the UK and its public services into uncertainty. Nearly 55,000 of the 1.2 million staff in the English NHS are citizens of other EU countries, according to figures (pdf) from the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
Steven Best was on his way home from work when he crashed and wrote off his car. The GP, who at the time was a junior doctor working in obstetrics, had just finished his shift at 5pm after starting work at 9am the day before.
Four out of five healthcare workers have considered leaving their job in the NHS, and an overwhelming majority (84%) of those have thought about it more in the past year, a Guardian survey has found.
One of Ed Patrick's biggest fears as a doctor is doing a rectal exam on a patient. It's not just the process that fills him with dread - he gets anxious when he reads medical notes and there are signs, like if someone is passing blood, that the invasive procedure needs to be done.
Olaya de la Iglesia, 35, physiotherapist, Norfolk The junior doctors' strike was a given in the circumstances. We have had to do more with less for years now and with an all-out strike, junior doctors are trying to highlight existing problems with care.
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