Surgery postponed at West Yorkshire hospitals during NHS strike

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routine operations and outpatients appointments at West Yorkshire hospitals are set to be affected by a national NHS strike on Monday.

Healthcare trade unions will take part in industrial action between 7am and 11am, the latest strike in an ongoing pay dispute.

Members of UNISON, Royal College of Midwives, Allied Trades and Technicians, British Association of Occupational Therapists, GMB, Unite the Union, Managers in Partnership and the British Dietetic Association are joining the action. In addition, the Society of Radiographers intend will walk out between 8am and noon.

Hospital bosses in Leeds and Wakefield said emergency care would be provided, but some planned surgery and outpatient appointments would be affected.

Ambulance heads also warned that though the most serious calls would be answered, response times may be increased.

At Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, essential services will be running normally, including include emergency and urgent surgery and medical care, A&E, all cancer treatments, and all emergency maternity services including antenatal visits and urgent screening.

A spokesman said that routine surgery and some outpatient clinics scheduled for Monday morning would be postponed: “We have been contacting patients directly to let them know if their appointment has been affected.

“If you have not been contacted, please assume your appointment will go ahead as usual.

“We have been working closely with our doctors and local trade union representatives to agree the list of essential services we will maintain during the industrial action. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to our patients and we will endeavour to rearrange appointments as quickly as possible.”

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs hospitals in Wakefield, Dewsbury and Pontefract, said they also had cancelled some non-urgent appointments and procedures but tried to keep these to a minimum, and patients affected had been contacted.

Neil Clark, director of operations, said: “We are working hard to put in place a number of plans to keep disruption to an absolute minimum and ensure we provide the very best possible care for our patients during this time.” 
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust said frontline A&E staff would respond the highest priority of 999 calls, for patients who have a serious or life-threatening illness or injury, but said it was vital that the public only called 999 in these situations.

The non-emergency Patient Transport Service will only run for patients with urgent medical needs such as essential renal and oncology treatments.

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