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Junior doctor's strike: operations and appointments cancelled in Devon and Cornwall

Hundreds of appointments and operations have been cancelled despite the junior doctor's strike being called off. Credit: PA Images

Hundreds of patients in Devon and Cornwal have had operations and appointments cancelled despite a strike by junior doctors being called off at the last minute.

While a temporary agreement reached with the government means the planned three-day strike - which would have started at 8am today - has been called off, many procedures have been cancelled.

  • The Royal Cornwall NHS Trust said it had been necessary to postpone 80 outpatient appointments of the normal 2000 a day and 7 routine operations.
  • Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust said as part of the contingency plan for the industrial action 29 planned operations and 210 outpatient appointments were postponed.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told MPs on Monday that NHS England had estimated that up to 20,000 patients may have operations cancelled across all three days of planned action.

These included around 1,500 cataract operations, 900 skin lesion removals, 630 hip and knee operations, 400 spine operations, 250 gall bladder removals and nearly 300 tonsil and grommets operations.

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