RUBBISH from Oxford's hospitals was piled high due to strike action in March 1973.

Workers in the blood transfusion service from the Churchill Hospital in Headington were called out on strike, forcing the temporary closure of the children's surgical ward.

A mountain of bin bags lay next to the incinerator at the hospital, with nobody available to burn the rubbish.

The action hit the hospital's blood banks hard, with workers set to be out every Tuesday while the strike continued.

House governor at the Churchill, G.T. Harvey, warned that other wards may be forced to close due to the strike action.