NHS plans for doctor’s strike

As reported in the news recently, some members of the British Medical Association (BMA) are taking part in industrial action on Thursday 21 June 2012. This is in response to increases in pension contributions. This affects some doctors working in NHS Ayrshire & Arran, and some GP practices.

Patricia Leiser, Director of Organisation and Human Resource Development, explains: “We are working closely with the BMA to finalise arrangements for levels of service on Thursday 21 June 2012 in order to maintain safe levels of patient care at all times.

“For hospital services, all emergency and urgent cases will be treated as normal. For planned care, we are in the process of identifying what the implications of this industrial action will be on service delivery on the day. Where we need to reschedule any outpatient appointments or planned non-urgent surgery scheduled for Thursday 21 June 2012, we will contact those patients who will be affected over the next week to let them know.”

GP practices will be open for their normal working hours. However, they may choose to only provide emergency or urgent appointments. Non-urgent or routine appointments may be rearranged. This could include services such as routine telephone appointments, routine home visits, routine repeat prescriptions or minor surgery.

Jim Crichton, Director of Primary Care and Mental Health Services explains: “If you need to see your doctor, you should contact your GP practice as normal. Your care needs will be assessed in the normal manner and if your needs are considered urgent and you need to see a doctor or another member of the practice team, they will make arrangements for this.

“If you have an appointment already booked for Thursday 21 June 2012 with your GP practice and this is affected by the industrial action, they will be in touch with you to rearrange your appointment.”

In both hospital and primary care, if you already have an appointment planned for 21 June 2012, and this is going to be affected by the industrial action, the hospital or GP practice will contact you. You do not need to contact them yourself.