UPDATED: Planned NHS strike that was set to hit Leeds hospitals is suspended

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Strike action that would have seen thousands of NHS workers walk out on Thursday has been suspended.

It had been feared that routine operations and outpatient clinics in Leeds were going to be affected by a planned strike by health workers nationally.

The row had been sparked after the Government refused to award NHS workers a one per cent pay rise.

But a breakthrough came today after extensive talks between union leaders and officials at the Department of Health led to fresh proposals which will now be put to workers.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust had earlier warned that essential services, including emergency and urgent surgery, A&E services, cancer and emergency maternity services, were set be made a priority at the expense of others as disruption was seen as “inevitable” if the strike went ahead.

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said: “It is the right decision for patients and puts us all in a better position to start talking about long-term solutions.”

The industrial action by unions including Unison, Unite, GMB and the Royal College of Midwives was going to affect services from 8am to 9pm.