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Health worker strikes 'will go ahead' in Northern Ireland

Health sector strikes planned for Thursday will still go ahead in Northern Ireland - despite being called off in the rest of the UK.

Unions in Northern Ireland say that the deal which enabled their colleagues in England to suspend their planned action has not been offered to health workers in Northern Ireland .

Kevin McAdam, spokesman for trade union Unite, said: "We're prepared to sit down with the department at any stage up to the industrial action starting,

"I don't necessarily want to bring ambulance workers out and inconvenience the public any more than the Department of Health would.

"But we're left with no option - and the resolution lies with the department."

A spokeswoman for the GMB also confirmed that Thursday's industrial action in Northern Ireland's healthcare sector was still going forward.

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