The ‘turning point’ purportedly reached in relations between striking nurses and the government has now suffered a dismal u-turn.

Say reports today, from January 7, the country’s ASPE nursing syndicate will be back in strike-mode, prolonging the crippling ‘greve cirúrgica’ which has so far seen as many as 9000 operations cancelled in five major hospital centres, until February 20.

Says Público, the ‘battlefield’ this time is to be extended to include another two hospitals (all in the north of the country and Lisbon).