Patients urged to keep East Yorkshire hospital appointments despite strike

Published: Wednesday 10th February 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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Hospital patients in East Yorkshire are being advised to attend appointments as normal despite the junior doctors’ strike on Wednesday (February 10).

Nearly 3,000 operations have been cancelled ahead of Wednesday’s 24-hour strike – the second walkout as junior doctors and the Government fail to agree terms over pay and working conditions.

But people with appointments at East Yorkshire hospitals are being asked to attend as normal unless they have been contacted by staff and told not to do so.

Kevin Phillips, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust chief medical officer, said: “We will be providing extra support in those areas we expect to come under additional pressure, for example, there will be extra pharmacy support for our wards to help with prescribing issues and patient discharge arrangements.

“In a limited number of areas where it would not prove safe or possible to continue to see patients, regrettably there will be a small number of cancellations. All of those patients affected have now been contacted to advise them and make alternative arrangements.

“During the last day of strike action, some of our departments were reporting higher than usual volumes of patients simply failing to turn up to their appointments. We think this may have been linked to the anticipated disruption, but during the January strike, around 97 per cent of all hospital activity still went ahead as planned.

“Patients with appointments or procedures scheduled for 10th February can therefore help us by turning up as planned, unless they have been told otherwise.”

Hull junior doctor Matt Tuck said: “This contract will affect the next 20 years or so of junior doctor training and working. That’s a lot of patients, and if we feel this contract creates an unsafe environment then that’s an unsafe environment for a long time. And I think we have an obligation as doctors to do the best for our patients and I think that means challenging current  proposals.”

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Published: Wednesday 10th February 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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