Industrial Action Statement - January 12, 2016

A UHCW spokesman said: “We would like to reassure our patients that although we are expecting industrial action on January 12 as a result of the dispute between the BMA and Government, we will have plans in place which will minimize disruption and ensure services remain safe. Our contingency plans are being finalized and will include consultant staff providing urgent and emergency care as required.

“We may need to reschedule some patient appointments and decisions to reschedule appointments will be made by the patient’s specific doctor and patients will be contacted individually if they are affected. If patients have not been contacted they should turn up for their treatment as usual. We also do not anticipate any disruption to our Labour Ward or Lucina Birth Centre.

“Although A&E will be operating as usual, given the industrial action taking place, we would urge people to think sensibly about whether it is appropriate to attend or not. There will be extra pressure in the system and in order for us to be able to treat the sickest patients quickly we would ask that people consider using pharmacists or calling NHS 111.”