Medical appointments and surgeries are being cancelled across Britain as doctors have begun striking in protest of proposed pension reforms that would raise the retirement age and increase social security contributions.

The first strike in nearly 40 years will last 24 hours, during which doctors refuse to do medical paperwork and perform non-urgent procedures. Thousands of planned surgeries have been cancelled across the country.

Doctors’ union British Medical Association represents 100,000 doctors, but it is unclear how many are participating in the action.

According to the London health authority, 90 per cent of hospitals and more than 80 per cent of doctors’ practices are working normally, although it is also reported that around 490 operations and 3,200 hospital appointments have been rescheduled.

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