Data released by the NHS revealed that 286 patients at Salisbury District Hospital had their appointments rescheduled during the six-day junior doctors’ strike in January.

The strike from 7am on Wednesday, January 3 to 7am on Tuesday, January 9 marked the longest strike in NHS history, with NHS figures showing the strike resulted in 113,000 appointment postponements across England.

Of the 286 Salisbury patients affected, 35 were inpatients for whom elective procedures were rescheduled and 251 were those with outpatient appointments.

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Different days were influenced by the strike to varying degrees, with a high of 83 appointments rescheduled on Thursday, January 4 and a low of zero appointments rescheduled on Saturday, January 6 and Tuesday, January 9.

Data also showed the effects of the strike on workforce numbers at the hospital, with 69 employees absent from work on Wednesday, January 3 due to the strike, 77 on Thursday, January 4, 65 on Friday, January 5, 38 on Saturday, January 6, 20 on Sunday, January 7 and 68 on Monday, January 8.

Numbers were not available from Wiltshire Health and Care (WHC), an LLP founded as a collaboration between the NHS foundation trusts of Salisbury, Great Western Hospitals and Royal United Hospitals Bath. WHC provides community care and mental health and learning disability services across the areas served by all three trusts.