Northern Ireland’s nurses have begun another 48 hours of industrial action as they press for pay parity with colleagues in the rest of the UK and for improved staffing levels.

They are refusing to do things like working overtime shifts, working unpaid hours and answering phones on wards.

The Belfast Health Trust cancelled hundreds of outpatient appointments on Monday as workers’ action continued.

The trust said all appointments scheduled on Tuesday should go ahead.

However, some day centres will be closed – the trust said it had contacted anyone affected by the closures.

The latest information on disruptions and cancellations is available on the Health and Social Care website.

The Department of Health has said it was disappointed that unions last week turned down a pay offer involving an extra £28m

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