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Assurances ahead of junior doctors' strikes

Assurances ahead of junior doctors' strikes

Published at 11:06am 23rd November 2015. (Updated at 10:18am 24th November 2015)

Hospital bosses in Craven and Wharfedale say plans will be put in place to make sure that patients are safe during industrial action.

Junior doctors have voted to go on strike over a new contract affecting pay and working hours.

Three walkouts are being planned next month and Health Secretary Jeremy has described it as "very, very disappointing news".

Stacey Hunter, Director of Operations at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We are currently considering our contingency plans and we are working with our staff, including consultants, nurses, other health professionals and union representatives, to ensure patient safety, care and welfare are maintained during the planned industrial action by junior doctors.

"Whilst there will be a need to rearrange some of our planned activities, such as outpatient appointments and non-emergency operations, plans will be put in place to ensure that any urgent and emergency care can continue. We will contact anyone whose appointment or operation is affected."

Dr Yvette Oade, Chief Medical Officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, added: "We are currently working with senior clinical leaders in developing and refining our planning to ensure all our inpatients, as well as emergency and urgent admissions, are looked after safely and appropriately during any industrial action."