Patient safety priority during doctors’ strike

Junior doctors are set to strike next week
Junior doctors are set to strike next week
  • WWL NHS Trust has contingency plan for strike next week
  • Bosses say patient safety is priority
  • Some appointments and surgery may be postponed

BOROUGH hospital bosses have reassured residents that plans are in place for services to cope during next week’s junior doctors’ strike.

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust has asked residents to only use the A&E department “if they have been involved in an accident or if it is a life-threatening emergency” and consider other health facilities for minor conditions.

Some appointments and elective surgeries scheduled during the strike period may be postponed and patients will be notified.

A Trust spokesman said: “We would like to reassure all our patients that we have tried and tested plans to deal with a range of disruptions including industrial action and have already developed strong contingency plans.

“We are also working closely with our local BMA representatives and our senior doctors to ensure that patient safety, which is everyone’s key priority, is not compromised.”

Cancer care specialist centre The Christie in Manchester said treatment sessions on those days will go ahead unless patients have notified otherwise.

A statement said: “The Christie has written to all patients who are due to attend any of our centres on these dates to reassure them that their treatment will go ahead in spite of strike action unless they have been notified otherwise.

“We are making plans to ensure that all our patients can continue to receive their treatment on the strike days, even if some staff feel they must take some action. Our main priority is to ensure continuity of patient care, however there may be some delays in clinics. We will do our very best to keep these delays to a minimum.”

Junior doctors are taking action over changed conditions to their contract affecting working hours and pay.