NHS staff have once again protested outside hospitals as two walk outs have piled on further pressure on the government.

Nurses and ambulance staff have taken industrial action in order to protest against conditions in hospitals.

The Argus: Ambulance staff at strike with GMB membersAmbulance staff at strike with GMB members (Image: Sussex News and Pictures)

The strikes today, the latest in a series of walkouts by the Royal College of Nursing and the GMB Union, have coincided for the first time causing many health sector services to slow.

A large number of protesters gathered outside the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton holding signs and calling on the government to do more for the profession.

The Argus: Striking workers in WorthingStriking workers in Worthing (Image: Sussex News and Pictures)

Some placards with RCN branding said “staff shortages cost lives” while other homemade signs read “negotiating with the government is harder than buying Taylor Swift tickets”.

Other ambulance drivers were at the strike in uniform while many waved orange GMB Union flags.

Protests are also being held outside Worthing Hospital as well as outside the Secamb Make Ready ambulance centre in Falmer.

The Argus: Royal Sussex County Hospital picketRoyal Sussex County Hospital picket (Image: Sussex News and Pictures)

The strikes are the latest in national action after NHS services have been crippled in recent months.

Many A&E departments such as in Brighton have been affected with services and staff stretched due to high workload.