STRIKES UPDATE: Strikes start at Norfolk schools, councils and hospitals

Strikes have led to the closure of 245 schools and disruption at two Norfolk hospitals this morning.

Across the country over two million public sector workers are expected to strike today in a dispute over pensions.

At the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital appointments have been rearranged although emergency services are continuing as normal.

Patients who need to be seen immediately but do not have a serious illness or injury, can access the Timber Hill Health Centre in Castle Mall, Norwich from 7am to 9pm or the Minor Injuries Unit at Cromer from 8am to 8pm.

The James Paget Hospital is running a bank holiday service with some surgery and clinics cancelled.

At Norfolk County Council people are urged only to contact the authority with emergencies.

County Hall is open, but the customer service department will give priority to emergency social care and highway calls.

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Norwich City Council said about 370 of its 830-strong workforce had indicated they would be absent due to strike action.

A spokeswoman said City Hall would be open for business, but would be closed between midday and 2pm because of a Coalition Against The Cuts march and rally, which culminates with speeches on the steps of City Hall.

The council said they were expecting their contractors to deal with waste as normal.

South Norfolk Council said they were aiming to deliver all their services, but warned there could be some disruption.

Broadland District Council and Great Yarmouth Borough Council were concerned the closure of schools could have a knock-on effect on the workforce, although they said they expected most services to run as normal.

Services at Norwich Airport are currently running as normal.

Stanstead Airport warned passengers coming into the UK they may face delays with UK Border Agency staff on strike.

For a full list of the schools affected visit www.schoolclosures.norfolk.gov.uk

Dereham Northgate High School is shut to years seven to 10 and open to year 11s.

•How are the strikes affecting you? Contact reporter Tom Bristow on 01603772313 or email tom.bristow@archant.co.uk

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