Royal is ready to deal with strike action

Pictured is Chesterfield Royal Hospital medical director Dr Ian Gell.
Pictured is Chesterfield Royal Hospital medical director Dr Ian Gell.

HOSPITAL chiefs have given reassurances that patients due to have operations and appointments will not be affected by doctors’ planned industrial action.

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has set up a co-operative approach to minimise disruption and safeguard patient care during the proposed strike action on Thursday, June 21.

Medical director Dr Ian Gell said: “Over the last couple of weeks junior doctors and consultants at the Royal have been co-operating to try to make sure as few patients as possible are affected by the decision to take strike action.

“Our medical staff have agreed a positive way forward.”

The Trust also confirmed it would be business as usual for emergency and critical services.

British Medical Association members voted to strike over planned changes that would force doctors to work longer years and pay higher pension contributions but many have indicated they do not want to jeopardise patient care.

Patients due at hospital on June 21 are advised to do so unless they have received a letter or phone call asking them to re-arrange appointments.