Imagine twenty five members of staff in one workplace taking maternity leave, in quick succession. Well, that's exactly what happened in Dartford but what makes it even more incredible is that they are all midwives and care assistants in the maternity department at Darent Valley Hospital. Tom Savvides takes up the story. His report includes photographs from Jez Hughes.
Hundreds of thousands of health workers walked out on strike this morning, many for the first time in their lives, in protest at the Government's decision not to give them a recommended 1% pay rise.
Midwives, nurses, paramedics, ambulance staff, and hospital porters and cleaners mounted picket lines across England from 7am for four hours.
David Johns reports, speaking to Clare Morris from the Royal College of Midwives; midwife Gabby Dowds-Quinn; and independent midwife Virginia Howes.