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BMA industrial action: impact on patient care

Updated: 19 June 2012 - 12.30pm

Helen Scott-South, chief operating officer at Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“The British Medical Association (BMA) is planning industrial action on Thursday 21 June over an ongoing dispute over changes to the NHS Pension Scheme. This means doctors at the Royal Derby Hospital and the London Road Community Hospital who are BMA members may be taking industrial action on this day.

“We recognise that doctors who are BMA members may wish to take action to voice their concerns and we respect their right to do so. We are working with doctors across the Trust to ensure the impact of the industrial action on patients is kept to a minimum and that patients are inconvenienced as little as possible. We are endeavouring to avoid late notice cancellations wherever we can.

"The vast majority of appointments and operations planned for 21 June are going ahead. All patients with an appointment or operation on 21 June should attend as normal and assume it is happening unless they are contacted directly. For routine outpatient appointments and planned operations we will be contacting patients directly where we receive advanced notice from doctors that they will be taking action.

“We can assure local people that urgent care and new cancer referrals and cancer surgery will not be affected and will run as usual.

“We will endeavour to do all we can to ensure that patients affected by the BMA’s industrial action will have their appointment or operation rearranged as quickly as possible.”