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National day of action - Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust and University Hospital of South Manchester act to maintain patient care
12:15pm Tuesday 29th November 2011 in Public Sector Strikes
BOSSES at Trafford General and Wythenshawe hospitals have taken measures to cope with the National Day of Action tomorrow.
Some public sector unions have voted to hold a one day strike.
Trafford General has responded to possible reduced staffing levels by cancelling some non-urgent appointments and surgery/treatment scheduled for tomorrow.
And at Wythenshawe around 200 non-urgent outpatient appointments have been cancelled, with letters to the affected patientss.
Trafford General says it has taken measures to ensure it can continue to provide safe, high-quality care to patients.
Staff will be able to focus their attention on inpatients and those people who do require urgent or emergency care.
It is contacting all patients affected by this change and sending them new appointments, and apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.
A spokesperson for Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust said: “Like all NHS organisations, we have well-practised business continuity plans to ensure the safety and quality of care is maintained even when staffing numbers are reduced.
"The Royal College of Nursing and British Medical Association have not balloted for strike action so their members will be working as usual, as will many other staff. Cancelling some non-urgent services for November 30 means we can focus our attention on inpatients and those people who do require urgent or emergency care. Obviously, we will continue to keep the situation under review.”
At Wythenshawe, all other services will be operating as usual, with managers working out cover based on the information they have about striking staff within their departments.
Patients who have not heard from the hospital should come in as normal.