(CMR) Thousands of British doctors walked off the job on Wednesday, the start of a six-day strike over pay; this is expected to be the longest strike in the history of the state-funded National Health Service.
According to the Associated Press, managers said tens of thousands of appointments and operations would be postponed because of the walkout across England by junior doctors, those in the first years of their careers. The doctors, who form the backbone of hospital and clinic care, plan to stay off the job until 7 a.m. on Tuesday.
Senior doctors and other medics have been drafted to cover emergency services, critical care and maternity services. Thousands of doctors also striked last year as they continue to demand better wages.