THE strike action which began on Tuesday is one for the history books. 

On Tuesday the consultants went on strike for 48 hours, with junior doctors joining in on Wednesday for a strike lasting 72 hours – leading to the first ever double strike action involving consultants and junior doctors on Wednesday, September 20. 

Dr Charlotte Canniff, joint chief medical officer at Surrey Heartlands, said: “With consultants and junior doctors set to strike together for the first time, we expect to see a significant impact on local health services due to reduced staffing levels, where frontline teams will need to prioritise critical and life-saving care.” 

The NHS is urging residents to use NHS 111 online for urgent health advice and they will be linked in with the service they need, or call 111 if people do not have access to the internet.