Junior doctors to go on strike in Hull this week

Published: Tuesday 8th March 2016 by The News Editor

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Hull hospital leaders have been outlining what the junior doctors’ strike means to patients with a further two days of of action planned this week.

The walkout is due to run from until 8am Friday, March 11.

Hull Royal Infirmary and Cottingham’s Castle Hill Hospital will be hit.

The action is in protest against changes to doctors’ conditions and terms.

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has said sorry for any possible inconvenience to patients. The Trust assures the public that contingency plans will be activated to deal with the walkout.

It says patients who are scheduled to have operations or appointments should attend as normal unless hospital employees have contacted them.

The Trust says it is “inevitable” that some disruption will occur, but most clinics and services across the two hospitals will see business as usual. Emergency care facilities will also operate as normal.

The Trust’s chief medical officer Kevin Phillips said: “We will be implementing our business continuity plans to try and minimise disruption for patients and ensure our services can continue to run safely.

“As was the case during the recent 24 hour strikes, extra support has been arranged for those areas which are expected to come under additional pressure.

“Patients who have appointments which fall on either Wednesday 9 or Thursday 10 should assume they are going ahead unless they have already been contacted to advise otherwise.

“The majority of hospital services are still expected to run as normal, but a relatively small number of people will, regrettably, be subject to cancellations in areas where it would not prove safe or possible to continue running a service.”

Further two-day strike action is planned between April 6 and 8 and April 26 and 28.

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Published: Tuesday 8th March 2016 by The News Editor

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