Hundreds of healthcare workers went on strike in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Wednesday, as part of nationwide protests which saw 119 clinics and hospitals shut down across the Netherlands.

Union leaders gave speeches inside Utrecht St. Antonius Hospital, where doctors and nurses had rallied to demand better working conditions and a 5 per cent wage rise, following inconclusive talks held with employers last summer.

"It's extremely busy in the hospitals and we need to get paid more to do it because we are so tired,” said a union member, adding "we want to give the patients the best care we can."

Hospital staff were also seen giving first aid crash courses and showing their surgical tools to people joining the protest.

The action affected 83 hospitals, 32 day clinics and four rehabilitation centres, resulting in the cancellation of hundreds of surgeries.

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