In the UK, tens of thousands of medical assistants have been on strike since Monday. They are on strike for 72 hours to support their demand for higher wages.
The strike is expected to cause a lot of disruption, with postponed appointments and operations. Due to previous strikes by, among others, nursing staff and ambulance workers, the British health service NHS was already struggling with a backlog of approximately 100,000 appointments.
But while an emergency service was assured in previous times, this is not the case now, writes the Financial Times.
The British Medical Association (BMA) asks for “a substantial pay rise” for doctors. According to the sector association, they earn even less than if they worked for the coffee chain ‘Pret A Manger’. That company recently announced that its staff would receive a 19 percent increase this year.
In the United Kingdom, there have been several strikes in recent months for higher wages to compensate for high inflation. Later this week, the teaching staff and civil servants will also lay down their work.