A doctor cries during a protest in front of the Health Ministry in Lisbon
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Medical staff strike in Portugal over cuts to budget

Thousands of doctors and nurses have gone on strike in Portugal to protest against cuts in the health budget.

The health ministry has warned that as many as 4,500 operations and 400,000 appointments may be cancelled.

The government has promised to reduce its budget deficit as part of the 78bn euros (£65bn) EU-IMF bailout deal agreed in May last year.

Alison Roberts reports.

  • 12 Jul 2012