MK Hospital appointments ‘may be rearranged’ ahead of junior doctors’ strike

Junior doctors prepare for strike action as talks fail
Junior doctors prepare for strike action as talks fail

Hospital chiefs say they have been working “tirelessly” to minimise disruption ahead of the impending industrial action by junior doctors next week.

Junior doctors are set strike on Tuesday and Wednesday over pay and working hours.

Milton Keynes University Hospital has set out contingency plans to ensure patients in need of urgent and emergency care will be treated.

However, bosses say patients may experience longer waiting times than normal and some planned clinics and operations may need to be postponed and rearranged.

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 who will be attending between 8am on January 12 to 8am on January 13.

“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.”

Patients do not need to contact the hospital to rearrange their appointments. The hospital will contact those affected as soon as possible to rearrange.