When they are and what to do if you need emergency help

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Sir Stephen Powis, the national medical director for NHS England, said on Wednesday: “We’ve been working very closely with the unions to ensure that emergency services for life-threatening conditions are maintained, and that will include stroke and heart attacks.

“There are increased clinicians in call centres to ensure that the right response goes out to the right incident.”

He said strokes fall into the higher end of category 2 cases, so clinicians will determine what response is needed, and he advised people to dial 999 “as usual” if they have a life-threatening condition.

What to do if you need emergency help during a strike

The Department of Health and Social Care have said the advice remains for people to call 999 in an emergency.

A spokesperson said: “Health leaders are also concerned that the prospect of strike action may affect how people decide to engage with the NHS, but the advice remains that if it is an emergency, it is vital they should still call 999.”

Therefore, people should continue to call 999 if they believe they need immediate response to a life-threatening condition.

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