BMA Industrial Action 21st June

21/06/12 - 3.55pm

Minimal disruption during industrial action at Gloucestershire Hospitals

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has experienced minimal disruption today (Thursday, June 21).

Contingency plans have been put place to ensure that patient services at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals continued to be delivered safely and consistently throughout the day.

Emergency services were on the whole unaffected, and the majority of planned appointments and procedures went ahead. Inpatients received their normal high quality, safe care and treatment.

In order to minimise disruption, the Trust took the decision to reschedule some routine outpatient appointments and operations, contacting patients affected by the change.

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust spokesman Dr Mark Silva:

"We have worked to minimise disruption for our patients and to avoid last minute cancellations of appointments where possible.

 “As of 3.30pm 56 consultants and junior doctors have chosen to take part in action or part action so far today and we will be monitoring this throughout the day.

“At this time 18 operations and 177outpatients appointments were rescheduled.

“Emergencies were not affected by the action and our emergency department and maternity services worked as normal”


10.30am

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been working closely with staff to ensure we are experiencing minimal disruption (Thursday, June 21).

Patients may be aware that some NHS doctors who are members of the British Medical Association may be taking industrial action in response to proposed changes to public sector pensions. The action will last for 24 hours.

We are urging any patient with an appointment at Cheltenham General or Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals today (21st June 2012) to come in as planned unless contacted directly by the hospital. Patients are asked to remember that GP practices will continue to provide a service on the day and will treat patients with urgent care needs.

We have contingency plans in place to ensure that patient services at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals continue to be delivered safely and consistently throughout the day.

Emergency services will continue to be unaffected, and the majority of planned appointments and procedures are due to go ahead. Inpatients will receive their normal high quality, safe care and treatment.

 In order to minimise disruption, the Trust took the decision to reschedule some routine outpatient appointments and operations planned today and has contacted patients affected by the change.

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Director of Medicine Dr Sean Elyan:

"We have worked to minimise disruption for our patients and to avoid last minute cancellations of appointments where possible.

 “At 10.20 this morning 56 consultants and junior doctors have chosen to take part in action or part action so far today and we will be monitoring this throughout the day.

“At this time 18 operations and 16 outpatients appointments have been rescheduled.

“Emergencies will not be affected by the action and our emergency department and maternity services will be working as normal.

“We anticipate that the Accident and Emergency Departments at both Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals will be very busy. We are asking our patients to remember to leave emergency services free for those who need them the most.

 “We are confident, that through the professionalism and commitment of our workforce, the standard of clinical care will not in any way be compromised."

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The Trust website will be updated during the day if there is any change. Go to: www.gloshospitals.nhs.uk

As normal, patients will be able to receive routine medical advice by phoning NHS Direct on 0845 46 47