Pa­tients warned over strike ac­tion

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

MAC­CLES­FIELD Hos­pi­tal is brac­ing it­self af­ter ju­nior doc­tors an­nounced three fur­ther strikes.

The Bri­tish Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (BMA) says staff will walk out for 48 hours over at­tempts to in­tro­duce a new con­tract of em­ploy­ment for ju­nior doc­tors from 8am on Wed­nes­day, March 9.

East Cheshire NHS Trust, which runs the hos­pi­tal, is warn­ing that some out­pa­tient ap­point­ments will be af­fected.

A spokesman for the trust said: “The Trust apol­o­gises for any in­con­ve­nience caused and asks for our pa­tients’ un­der­stand­ing dur­ing the ac­tion, which is cur­rently due to be fol­lowed by fur­ther 48-hour strikes start­ing at 8am on April 6 and 8am on April 26.

“With the most re­cent ac­tion set to last sig­nif­i­cantly longer than the pre­vi­ous 24 hour strikes, the trust is an­tic­i­pat­ing that a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of out­pa­tient ap­point­ments at its three hos­pi­tal sites will need to be post­poned.”

Any pa­tients af­fected will be con­tacted by Mon­day or Tues­day next week. Pa­tients who do not re­ceive a call should at­tend their ap­point­ments as nor­mal.

For up­dates dur­ing the strike ac­tion fol­low its twit­ter ac­count @ EastCheshireNHS.

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