Hospital warns some operations may be postponed due to planned strike action by junior doctors

Milton Keynes Hospital
Milton Keynes Hospital

Some operations may need to be postponed if strike action by junior doctors goes ahead.

That’s the warning from Milton Keynes Hospital which says some services may be affected though it will ensure there is minimum disruption ahead of planned industrial action on December 1, 8 and 16.

A spokesman said the hospital has contingency plans in place to ensure patients needing urgent and emergency care will continue to receive the treatment they need, when they need it.

However, the hospital anticipates increased pressure on services over this period and says those in less urgent need of care may experience longer waiting times than normal whileh some planned clinics and

operations may need to be postponed and rearranged.

In all cases priority will be given to those patients with the most pressing health needs.

Those whose appointments are postponed will be contacted in advance.

Professor Martin Wetherill, Medical Director at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Let me assure the local public that our staff will continue to provide excellent care

throughout the three periods of industrial action and ensure all of our patients remain safe.

“The hospital has robust and extensive plans in place for all the emergency patients that will be attending on the 1, 8 and 16 December. We have tried and tested these plans to

minimise any disruption during this period and, most importantly, to keep our patients safe and thank visitors in advance for their patience during these periods.

“We are contacting those patients that are affected by the reduction in our elective services and for those whose services have been postponed; we will be in touch to rearrange

appointments as soon as we can.”

Milton Keynes University Hospital has been working with the British Medical Association to minimise disruption to its services.