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Thousands of medical appointments and operations were cancelled today as doctors took industrial action against proposed changes to their pensions.
Numerous GP surgeries were affected across the region, ranging from a quarter in some areas to two thirds in others.
Many routine appointments were disrupted, but emergency care wasn't affected.
Health officials say that emergency medical services are still available to patients across the region despite industrial action by doctors.
Numerous Health trusts have reported that between a quarter and two thirds of routine appointments have been cancelled at GP's practices.
Hospital consultants are also taking action against proposed changes to their pensions.
Dr George Rae, a representative of the British Medical Association, says the government has betrayed practitioners with the new pension plans.
Health officials say emergency medical services will be available to patients across our region during strikes by GPs and consultants. The action, which will hit routine appointments, is a protest at changes to pensions.