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Doctors strike over pensions

Doctors are taking industrial action over controversial pension reforms. It's the first time they have gone on strike in almost 40 years. The Government has said one in 10 patients has had an operation, outpatient appointment or treatment rescheduled

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More than 20,000 appointments cancelled due to strike

The Department of Health said that their figures estimate that around 11,500 doctors, just over 8% of those working in the NHS in England, are taking part in industrial action today.

Though less than 10% of doctors are on strike, more than 20,000 patients have had their appointments or operations cancelled.

  • Around 2,700 operations were cancelled and rescheduled
  • Around 18,750 outpatients appointments cancelled and rescheduled
  • Approximately 6,000 GP surgeries have been providing routine appointments
  • Approximately 2,000 GP surgeries have been providing urgent appointments only

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