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More than 175,000 appointments cancelled over three day junior doctors’ walk out

More than 175,000 patient appointments and surgeries were postponed this week during the three-day junior doctor walk-out, it has emerged.

NHS leaders have warned the strikes were the most disruptive yet with more appointments cancelled across three days than across any of the previous nurse strikes.

Data published by the NHS showed in total 181,049 patients had their care postponed, this included more than 5,000 mental health and hundreds of community health appointments. 

The news comes after nursing and ambulance unions accepted a pay offer from the government, for a 5.3 per cent increase in 2023-24, which their members will now vote on.

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Source: The Independent, 18 March 2023


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