Disruption to NHS services continues with industrial action until Sunday
The latest bout of protest began just after midnight this morning (Tuesday) and will continue until Sunday. During this period, staff will engage in action short of strike action, meaning that normal behaviours, such as goodwill and flexibility over working hours, will be suspended.
Nurses, midwives, paramedics and ambulance crews, as well as those employed in other NHS departments, are among those who will take part by refusing to work overtime, taking breaks in full, assisting other people in their roles and strictly adhering to rules and regulations.
This type of action creates the most disruption to services possible without a strike.
It follows the four-hour strike held by NHS staff yesterday, from 7am till 11am, in which around 400,000 employees took part.
It is in response to Government pay proposals, which state it cannot afford the one per cent pay increase proposed by NHS staff without putting front line jobs at risk.
Residents are once again reminded only to call 999 in a genuine emergency. Those with illness or injury which is not life threatening are asked to seek other forms of medical care, such as at local pharmacies, from GP doctors, via NHS111 and at walk-in and minor injury centres.