Patients told to carry on as normal ahead of junior doctors' strike

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Lancashire Teaching Hospitals has told patients to continue as normal ahead of the junior doctors' strike later this month.

A final decision will be made later this week about postponing clinics and procedures, says a statement issued yesterday.

It comes as The British Medical Association has confirmed three periods of industrial action in the ongoing dispute with the government about proposed changes to the junior doctor contract.

Industrial action is planned for - 8am Tuesday, January 12 to 8am Wednesday, January 13 in which only emergency care will be given. This means junior doctors providing the same level of service for their given speciality as Christmas day.

The same level of care will also be given at 8am on Tuesday, January 26 until 8am Thursday, January 28.

On Wednesday, February 10 from 8am until 5pm, the junior doctors will stage a full walk out.

Suzanne Hargreaves, Operations Director of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said, “We are currently assessing the impact of industrial action on our ability to provide our full range of services, and maintain safe care and treatment. We will make a final decision later this week about whether we will need to postpone clinics and procedures, to enable us to redeploy our workforce to ensure we can look after patients on the wards, and provide care to anyone who requires urgent treatment. In the meantime patients should plan to attend for their appointments as scheduled. We will contact any patient directly whose care will be affected to rearrange their appointment.”