Thousands of Health Service workers stage another two hour stoppage today after failing to persuade the regional government to call a meeting to put an end to the ongoing pay dispute.

Health centres and A&E Units in hospitals throughout the Canaries are expected to be hit badly by the action, which is designed to keep the pressure up on the Department of Health to implement an agreement reached last year but which has not been honoured, according to the unions. It is expected that the stoppage will conclude with a formal announcement by the unions regarding the date chosen for a 24-hour strike to be held in the coming weeks.