This is the first widespread strike in the profession for almost 40 years.
The government have condemned the decision, saying that the British Medical Association would not garner any sympathy from the public.
However, in a letter published in today’s Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Sun newspapers, the union said it would not be risking lives, and those with the most serious needs would still be seen by doctors.
In the letter, the BMA wrote, "On that day, doctors will be in their usual workplaces but providing urgent and emergency care only.
"We will be postponing non-urgent cases and although this will be disruptive to the NHS, rest assured, doctors will be there when our patients need us most and our action will not impact on your safety."
They repeated their claim yesterday that this was not something they really wanted to do, but that they needed to make sure “that our voice is heard by the government". They say they are trying to get fair and not preferential treatment involving pensions.
On the 21st June, operations such as knee and hip replacements likely to be postponed, GP practices will remain open, but routine appointments will not take place, but A&E and maternity wards will remain open.
It is not yet clear whether this day of strikes will be followed by further industrial action.