Planned doctors strike could cause disruption

Royal Lancaster Infirmary.'Patients records story.
Royal Lancaster Infirmary.'Patients records story.

DISTRICT health bosses are in talks to minimise the impact of a 24-hour strike by doctors tomorrow, Thursday.

Doctors union the British Medical Association have balloted for industrial action over Government plans to raise the retirement age from 65 to 68 and increase pension contributions.

Tomorrow, Thursday, June 21, as part of the action, any non-urgent operations, scans, as well as consultations and GP appointments could be cancelled.

All urgent and emergency care will continue however.

A spokesperson for the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, said the effect of the strike was still unclear but discussions between the trust and union were on-going.

A spokesperson for NHS North Lancashire said: “NHS North Lancashire will be taking a pro-active approach in working with the BMA to ensure information on any disruption to services is provided as early as possible to patients and we do not expect any emergency services to be disrupted in north Lancashire.

“We will also be working closely with other local NHS organisations including general practice to minimise disruption as much as possible.”

The day of protest would be the first industrial action by doctors since the 1970s.