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Nurses take to picket line as 24-hour strike begins across Southern Trust and NI

Photo by Neil McLoughlin of Recruitment Shared Services

Thousands of nurses have gone on strike across Northern Ireland this morning (Wednesday).

Approximately 15,500 nurses are taking action in a dispute over pay and working conditions.

There are strikes at St Luke’s in Armagh, Craigavon and Daisy Hill Hospitals among others in Co Armagh.

Nurses walked out at 8am this morning, with the strike lasting 24-hours; the Royal College of Nursing strike will last 12 hours – the first time they have ever taken strike action.

The strike, however, will lead to significant upheaval in the service locally.

Seventy-five people have had planned in-patient and day-case surgery postponed.

A total of four planned operations have been cancelled. All those patients affected have been notified, says the Trust.

Emergency surgery is going ahead.

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