Winchester Junior Doctors Stand Firm
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Winchester’s Junior Doctors have told Winchester Today that they stand firm on industrial action, and have no regrets on walking out on 24-hour strike.
As we met them outside the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, there seemed to be plenty of verbal and audio response to their placards, urging support.
They also handed out leaflets on contracts to passers-by, saying that first and foremost they want to “negotiate a contract that is fair for doctors, safe for patients and provides a future for the NHS.”
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust Chief Nurse – Donna Green – told Winchester Today that most operations and outpatient clinics went ahead as planned: “I would like to say a big thank you to all our staff for for their efforts in making sure that as many patients as possible were unaffected by the industrial action.
“We put in place a range of measures to look after patients as safely as possible, with senior medical staff and senior nursing staff utilised on the wards and in our emergency departments. We are already working on a plan to minimise disruption during the 48-hour strike scheduled to take place later this month and are hoping to keep the number of postponed appointments as low as possible once again.”
The Trust claims that only 3 clinics out of the 35 scheduled clinics at Royal Hampshire County Hospital were postponed today (Tuesday) – and that there were no postponed operations at the RHCH.
The Trust also says that only two operations across the entire county were postponed, and 12 out of 115 scheduled clinics were postponed.
Winchester’s MP Steve Brine says his view remains the same: “It’s extremely disappointing that the BMA has chosen to take industrial action, which helps no-one.”
Images: Rachel Gover, Winchester Today