Doctors Walk Out In UK Health Service’s Biggest Strike

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Hospital doctors in England today staged the biggest walkout in the history of the UK’s state-funded National Health Service, prompting fears for patient safety.


The unprecedented five-day stoppage over pay and staff retention is the latest in eight months of industrial action across the NHS, which is already reeling from a vast pandemic backlog.


Nurses, ambulance staff and other medical workers have all joined picket lines in recent months, adding to pressures on patient appointments.


It comes against a background of walk-outs across the economy from train drivers to lawyers over the past year as the UK battles a crippling cost-of-living crisis.


Senior hospital doctors, known as consultants, in England will also begin a 48-hour strike on July 20, with radiographers following suit from July 25.

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