Dozens affected by doctor strikes across Plymouth
DOZENS of non-urgent appointments and operations were affected by industrial action at Derriford Hospital yesterday.
Managers reported outpatients appointments were reduced by around 100, and 12 non-urgent operations were rescheduled.
The nationwide protest against pension reform involved GPs, consultants, junior doctors, staff, speciality doctors, public health and community health doctors.
Derriford bosses said 42 of the hospital's 541 doctors took part – eight per cent.
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GP bosses said there was 'minimal' impact on the care of patients. Surgeries remained open and some appointments were rescheduled where necessary, they said.
Richard Best, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust chief operating officer, said patients requiring urgent and emergency care were treated as normal. Services were safely and consistently delivered throughout the day, he said.
"As we had anticipated, we have been able to see and treat more than 90 per cent of our patients who have come in for planned operations, procedures and appointments as normal," said Mr Best.
"Our plans for the industrial action included rearranging a small number of our routine appointments and surgery so we could safeguard the care we are giving to our inpatients and emergency patients. This meant we deliberately reduced our outpatient appointments by five per cent and rescheduled 12 non-urgent operations."
The day of action followed a ballot of more than 100,000 British Medical Association (BMA) members nationwide.