‘Strike will not hit essential services’

Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Lancashire Cardiac Centre
Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Lancashire Cardiac Centre
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HOSPITAL bosses have moved to reassure patients after strikes were planned to take place next week.

Blackpool Victoria Hospital bosses said all the essential and emergency services it provides will be maintained on the day of industrial action on May 10.

Health workers are staging the strike to urge the Government to reconsider plans for public sector pensions and reforms.

Pat Oliver, director of operations for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The only health union that is taking action on the day is UNITE and we will work with staff to minimise disruption to patients and continue to provide essential care during the day of action.

“Those patients with planned appointments will be notified in good time if their appointments have to be cancelled, but all other patients should attend the hospital as normal.

“Where appointments have had to be postponed, plans are in place to ensure that these patients are re-scheduled as soon as possible.”

The hospital is also encouraging residents to think carefully before attending A&E or other services.

Anyone with a coughs, colds, stomach aches or sprains should consider visiting their pharmacy before going to hospital.

James Sorah, secretary of Blackpool Against the Cuts, has backed the strike action.

He said: “I think it’s irresponsible when people don’t strike and protect employment rights.

“Trade unions don’t take these actions lightly and nothing will be done to put people at risk.

“Some action does need to be taken because this is the wages of the workers who look after us when we are ill.

“It wasn’t the NHS who caused the difficulties, it was the people who provide 50 per cent of the funding to the Tory party.”

Updates regarding the industrial action will be posted on the Trust’s website www.bfwhospitals.nhs.uk on Facebook www.facebook.com/BlackpoolHospitals and on Twitter www.twitter.com/BlackpoolHosp.