Junior doctors stage major strike action
The Guardian says Junior doctors across England are walking out on a four-day strike this morning, in a worsening dispute over pay which threatens huge disruption to the NHS.
An estimated 350,000 appointments, including operations, will be cancelled as a result of the action that follows years of real-terms pay cuts that the government refuses to rectify.
Members of the British Medical Association (BMA) have been mounting picket lines outside hospitals for the past hour, and will do so until Saturday morning, in the longest stoppage of the wave of unrest.
Nurses, ambulance crews and other health workers have also been taking action since last year.
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