Non urgent operations were cancelled yesterday during the biggest strike to hit the UK in more than 20 years.

It is estimated that around 7000 operations out of 30,000 were cancelled as well as thousands of tests and appointments.

Those involved in the strike included nurses, healthcare assistants, admin staff, porters cleaners, radiographers, podiatrists and chiropractors. However the British Medical Association, Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives were not involved.

Ambulance services were under great strain although it was agreed that ambulance staff on the picket line would still answer 999 calls.

It was requested that only in life threatening situations was 999 to be dialed yet the service experienced a third more calls than normal during peak times.

The NHS are planning to reschedule as quickly as possible but admit some people may find that it won’t be immediately.

How do you feel about the strikes? Sympathetic or angry?

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