Avenging angels hit the headlines and the streets this weekend as they came out in force to protest at, among other things, a below-inflation pay rise.

The Daily Express said the nurses had taken to the streets to vent their fury over job cuts and pay. The paper explained that the supposed 2.5 per cent rise, in line with recommendations, was actually only a 1.9 per cent increase - as the government has decided that it will only pay 1.5 per cent next month and the remaining 1 per cent in November.

However The Sunday Telegraph concluded that such action would not win the hearts and minds of the public in the light of crumbling private-sector pensions while public-sector settlements flourish.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail was among many papers turning to the plight of the 8,000 junior doctors who are to be left jobless because of the changes to training brought about by the Modernising Medical Careers reforms.

Junior doctors now have to rotate after two years instead of four, meaning a glut in applicants this year, with around 30,000 doctors competing for some 20,000 places.

Where to find light at the end of the tunnel? Tabloids and broadsheets alike looked to West Ham captain Nigel Reo-Coker - one of eight footballers who have agreed to give up a day's pay to put in a hardship fund, as part of the Mayday for Nurses campaign for higher wages.

Organiser Noreena Hertz hopes to sign up all 556 Premiership players, as well as managers and commentators - but The Sunday Times doesn't fancy her chances.