Wigan hospital ops cancelled despite strike being called off

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More than 200 operations have been cancelled at Wigan’s hospitals, despite a strike by junior doctors being called off.

A temporary agreement reached between Government officials, the British Medical Association (BMA) and NHS Employers means three days of strikes will now no longer go ahead as long as a final settlement can be agreed.

There has already been mass disruption to the NHS, with thousands of patients unable to undergo operations or attend appointments on Tuesday alone.

A snapshot survey of almost 20 NHS trusts has revealed around 600 operations and procedures cancelled alongside around 3,500 outpatient appointments.

At Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, 219 outpatient appointments had been cancelled and 52 day cases.

In Newcastle, 90 out of 624 operations have been cancelled and are being rescheduled, alongside 565 out of around 5,000 outpatient appointments.

Weston Area Health NHS Trust has cancelled around 120 out of 320 planned outpatient appointments alongside 12 non-urgent operations. The trust stopped booking operations when the BMA ballot came back as a Yes vote.

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust has cancelled and rebooked 68 inpatient appointments and planned operations with 740 outpatient appointments.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has cancelled 40 operations and 400 outpatient appointments and will rebook them.

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust has cancelled 80% of planned operations. The trust is rescheduling 100 elective procedures or operations - 30 inpatients and 70 day cases.

At Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, around a dozen operations have been postponed together with a “number of outpatient clinics”.

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has cancelled 345 outpatient appointments at its main hospital and 25 at Cromer - around a third of the total. Eleven planned operations - less than 10% of the total - have also been dropped.

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust said 24 operations had been cancelled alongside 178 outpatient appointments and procedures.

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust said four operations had been cancelled, with three rearranged, alongside 65 outpatient appointments, all rearranged.

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust said it was cancelling a “very small” number of clinics (11% of appointments) and non-urgent procedures (7%). Isabel Hemmings, chief operating officer at the trust, said: “We’re fully satisfied that our arrangements are robust and families can be assured that if they need to come to our hospital for urgent care or a planned appointment, all the services we’re providing will be full staffed.”

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told MPs that NHS England had estimated that up to 20,000 patients may have operations cancelled across all three days of planned action.

These included around 1,500 cataract operations, 900 skin lesion removals, 630 hip and knee operations, 400 spine operations, 250 gall bladder removals and nearly 300 tonsil and grommets operations.

At Southend University Hospital, around 25 planned operations were cancelled, together with around 100 outpatient appointments.

Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has drafted in additional cover from consultants to cover operations but has been forced to cancel 15 clinics. Some 120 patients - 10.7% of appointments on the day - have had appointments cancelled and will have them rescheduled.

At the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust in London, around 35 operations have been cancelled and rearranged (around 30% of the total), alongside around 50 outpatient appointments.

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London has cancelled and rescheduled 40 non-urgent operations.

A spokesman for Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust said 10 operations and procedures had been cancelled and about 120 outpatient appointments - a “small proportion” of the total.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said it had called off 106 outpatient appointments and three operations.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said 400 operations and appointments had been cancelled and rescheduled.

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust declined to say how many patients were affected and said it did not want to “worry” other patients.