Routine care to come to virtual halt for 48 hours this week and in August after improved pay offer ruled out

Tens of thousands of patients in England face surgeries being cancelled this summer with consultants striking for 96 hours, after Steve Barclay ruled out an improved pay offer.

Routine care across the NHS will come to a virtual standstill from 7am on Thursday as consultant doctors and hospital-based dentists begin their first industrial action in a decade for 48 hours until 7am on Saturday.

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