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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.


Lionel Ritchie says 'Hello' to the Eden Sessions

Lionel Richie to play at the Eden Sessions Credit: PA

Lionel Richie is the first star announcement for next year’s Eden Sessions.

The singer-songwriter from Tuskegee Alabama, whose smash hits include Hello, Dancing on the Ceiling and All Night Long, will play at the home of the famous Biomes on Tuesday June 14, 2016, as part of his All The Hits world tour.

This will be Lionel’s first ever headline show in the South West and his first UK show since his legendary performance at Glastonbury.

HIV self-test scheme launched in Cornwall


A new scheme in Cornwall is aiming to help people test themselves for HIV. Free home sampling kits are being offered to those concerned so they can test themselves for the virus. Early detection of the disease is vital to survival rates.

The idea coincides with World Aids Day when people show their support for those living with HIV and commemorate those who have died.


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