Trust vows to keep disruption to a minimum ahead of doctors’ strike

Hospital puts ‘robust’ contingency plans in place.

THE Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust said it has made contingency plans to minimise the impact on patients of a planned national strike by doctors next week.

British Medical Association members have voted in favour of industrial action on Thursday, June 21.

Doctors will continue to see patients who need emergency and urgent care but some non-urgent appointments could be postponed during the 24 hours of action.

Patients will be notified in advance of any cancellations so those whoa are not contacted are asked to attend their appointment as planned.

Kate Lyons, director of operations at North Devon District Hospital, said: “We have robust contingency plans in place and have been working with local BMA representatives to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum for our patients.

“Emergency care will not be affected and the industrial action will have no impact on North Devon District Hospital’s ability to function as a trauma unit for the area.”

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