Dis­rup­tion for pa­tients as ju­nior docs strike

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HILLING­DON pa­tients face an­other round of can­cel­la­tions for planned pro­ce­dures, as ju­nior doc­tors pre­pare for an­other strike.

Ju­nior doc­tors at Hilling­don Hospital and Mount Ver­non Hospital are plan­ning to take na­tional strike ac­tion again today (Wed­nes­day) and to­mor­row (Thurs­day).

This fol­lows the lat­est break­down in talks be­tween the Bri­tish Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (BMA) and the gov­ern­ment on na­tional work­ing terms and con­di­tions for ju­nior doc­tors.

A spokesper­son for the Hilling­don Hos­pi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, said: “Emer­gency cover will be pro­vided and the strike will start at 8am and be in place for 48 hours.

“As re­sult of the strike ac­tion, the trust has had to can­cel some of its out­pa­tient clin­ics and non-ur­gent sched­uled pro­ce­dures on April 6 and April 7.

“The trust has been con­tact­ing all pa­tients who are booked in for ap­point­ments or pro­ce­dures to ad­vise if these will need to be re-sched­uled.”

Trust con­sul­tants and other doc­tors will be cov­er­ing all emer­gency and crit­i­cal ar­eas. Ur­gent pa­tient pro­ce­dures will go ahead as planned.

The trust is ap­peal­ing to peo­ple to only visit A&E if they are in need of ur­gent or emer­gency care.

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