Nearly 89 000 appointments in England were lost during junior doctors’ strike in December

Almost 89,000 appointments and procedures were postponed in England due to a three-day strike by junior doctors in December, bringing the total number of rescheduled appointments to over 1.21 million since the strikes began in March. The doctors are planning a six-day strike in January, the longest in NHS history, due to a dispute over pay cuts. The British Medical Association’s Junior Doctors Committee is calling for a 35.3% pay rise to reverse the 26% cut in pay since 2008-09. The rescheduling of appointments is expected to put additional strain on an already overloaded health service, according to the national medical director of NHS England, Stephen Powis.

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