What the papers say – December 22 – Messenger Newspapers

The Thursday papers are led by accusations over who is to blame for strike turmoil across the country.
The Times, The Guardian, The Independent and the i all report the NHS is braced for a surge in patients over the coming days as demand rebounds following the ambulance strike.
Thursday’s Times #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/wlziAryTLA
— Helena Wilkinson (@BBCHelena) December 21, 2022
Guardian front page, Thursday 22 December 2022: NHS braced for surge in patients after strikes by ambulance staff pic.twitter.com/F770eT9oyO
— The Guardian (@guardian) December 21, 2022
Thursday’s Independent: NHS faces ‘worst’ days ahead after strike chaos #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/cWDhQB0Iem
— Helena Wilkinson (@BBCHelena) December 21, 2022
Thursday’s front page: NHS turmoil to last days – with bigger strikes in new year#TomorrowsPapersToday
Latest by @PMGallagher1: https://t.co/ROmZ1fNICG pic.twitter.com/VFfti9oVUx
— i newspaper (@theipaper) December 21, 2022
The Daily Express says the expected surge is a result of the volume of 999 calls plummeting during Wednesday’s industrial action.
Thursday’s front page: Fears sick are suffering at home as 999 calls plummet #TomorrowsPapersTodayhttps://t.co/TaUhBHNW2L pic.twitter.com/OLdINz3MgH
— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) December 21, 2022
The Daily Mirror carries a union warning that the Tories are to blame for prolonging the strikes by refusing to talk about pay.
Thursday’s front page: Tories crippling the NHS. #TomorrowsPapersToday https://t.co/axzcpGSfA4 pic.twitter.com/0yddPUaAcw
— The Mirror (@DailyMirror) December 21, 2022
However, The Daily Telegraph reports the Government is set to offer workers a fast-tracked pay rise in a bid to end the strikes.
The front page of tomorrow’s Daily Telegraph:
‘NHS to be offered new pay deal to end strikes’#TomorrowsPapersToday
Sign up for the Front Page newsletterhttps://t.co/x8AV4O6L2Y pic.twitter.com/bvh6HXQ6wL
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) December 21, 2022
Meanwhile, the Daily Star calls on the Prime Minister to help bring an end to the crisis.
Jeremy Clarkson and his controversial comments making headlines again 👀 #TomorrowsPapersToday https://t.co/a2RYj8ebCB pic.twitter.com/2UR3uW5Flz
— Daily Star (@dailystar) December 21, 2022
Metro leads with a story on striking ambulance workers leaving the picket line to attend 999 emergencies.
Tomorrow’s Paper Today 📰
🔴 Colleagues applaud as ambulance workers leave strike to save lives #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/czvsDWPZp9
— Metro (@MetroUK) December 21, 2022
Elsewhere, the Daily Mail says soaring petrol prices are leaving drivers facing their “costliest Christmas getaway ever”.
Thursday’s Daily Mail #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/soZh6cv9VS
— Helena Wilkinson (@BBCHelena) December 21, 2022
The Financial Times reports US tech companies are ditching London offices.
Thursday’s Financial Times #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/hezA2yfNMf
— Helena Wilkinson (@BBCHelena) December 21, 2022
And TV crime drama Line of Duty is set to return for a three-part special on BBC1, according to The Sun.
On tomorrow’s front page: BBC blockbuster Line Of Duty makes shock comeback which will see show take incredible twisthttps://t.co/bfMPaINb8u pic.twitter.com/vvwzu6J9g3
— The Sun (@TheSun) December 21, 2022
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