The largest strike in the 75-year history of the NHS has begun in Britain. Tens of thousands of nurses, orderlies and paramedics stopped work on Monday. The nurses also want to strike on Tuesday, the paramedics again on Friday. The RCN union is demanding pay rises that it estimates will do justice to the UK’s record inflation rate of more than 10 per cent, while the government has rejected the original call for a five per cent rise in inflation as unaffordable. The RCN is now ready to accommodate the government, but weeks of talks have yielded no results. The situation at the NHS is considered dramatic. Millions of people are on surgery waiting lists, with thousands more missing out on adequate emergency treatment each month.