Information about BMA industrial action following Government dispute

Posted: June 14, 2012

Plans in place to keep disruption to a minimum

The Trust is committed to minimising the disruption to patients that may result from the industrial action involving Doctors across the country on Thursday 21st June.  The industrial action follows a ballot by the British Medical Association (BMA)of its members over Government changes to pensions. 

Anyone who has an appointment booked at the hospital this Thursday 21st June should still come in unless they have been specifically contacted as the majority of services will be running as normal.

Dr Alf Troughton, Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive said:

"The dispute is between the government and the BMA but clearly the impact is felt at a local level.  We have good working relationships with Doctors and their representatives in the Trust and we're keen for that to continue. 

"The plans we have in place are designed to minimise the disruption that this strike may cause for patients and other colleagues working in the Trust.  I know from our discussions with our medical colleagues they are also keen to ensure that patient safety and the quality of care provided during the day is not impacted. 

"Anybody who needs emergency or urgent treatment on the day will get the care they need so shouldn't be concerned.  This also applies to our patients who we have booked in for cancer treatment and those patients who will already be staying in hospital. 

"I know that patients plan their home and working lives carefully around hospital appointments and our aim is to limit the disruption to them as much as we can. 

"At the moment we don't know what the exact impact on the Trust will be but we need to plan for the possibility that some non-urgent appointments will need to be rearranged.  We are working with our Doctors to understand which areas may be affected by the strike and will be making contact with any patients where we have to reschedule their appointment as quickly as possible."

"Anyone who has an appointment booked at the hospital this Thursday should still come in unless they have been specifically contacted as the majority of services will be running as normal."

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