Cancelled strike still hits patients

The Royal Preston Hospital in Fulwood, Preston

The Royal Preston Hospital in Fulwood, Preston

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Hospital patients across Lancashire experienced widescale disruption on Tuesday, despite a junior doctors’ strike being called off.

Outpatient clinics and non-urgent surgeries were cancelled ahead of the proposed action by British Medical Association (BMA) members, with as many as 428 patients at the Royal Preston and Chorley Hospitals affected.

Although the strike was called off on Monday evening after the BMA agreed to further negotiations with the Government over contracts, it was too late for hospital bosses to reorganise.

A spokesman for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “Unfortunately because the strike was called off at the last minute we were unable to reinstate all of the appointments and planned procedures, so those patients have remained stood down and we are now working hard to rearrange appointments for those patients promptly. We hadn’t cancelled any appointments for the other planned strike dates yet anyway so those patients remain unaffected.”