NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) _ Lawrence and Memorial Hospital says it has resumed elective surgeries despite a strike by nurses.

Hospital spokesman Michael O’Farrell said Saturday the New London hospital had continued emergency surgeries since the strike began earlier in the week. He says the addition of elective surgeries Saturday moves the hospital closer to “normal surgical operations.”

Nurses had planned to end their strike Saturday night, but O’Farrell said they will not be allowed back without a contract agreement.

O’Farrell says the hospital will not grant the union’s request to allow nurses to return to work at 11 p.m. while contract issues remain unresolved.

Matt O’Connor of AFT Connecticut said in an email that talks Friday ended with the union wanting to meet again Saturday but with hospital representatives saying they needed more time to review a proposal and would return to the table Tuesday.

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