Video: NHS staff strike in Leeds and Wakefield

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Routine operations and outpatient appointments at Leeds and Wakefield hospitals were set to be affected by a national NHS strike today.

Picket lines were mounted outside hospitals between 7am and 11am as employees including midwives, nurses, radiographers, cleaners and psychiatric staff stage a fresh strike in the long-running pay dispute.

The picket line at the Jubilee Wing at Leeds General Infirmary.

The picket line at the Jubilee Wing at Leeds General Infirmary.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust said frontline A&E staff would respond the highest priority of 999 calls.

The leader of Unison, Dave Prentis, yesterday said the strike, the second in a month, should “sound alarm bells ringing” in Westminster because of the anger among workers over the Government’s refusal to back down over the bitter pay dispute.

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Millennium Square and Leeds Civic Hall, Leeds City Centre.

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