Vulnerable shouldn’t be affected by doctor strike

While they accept that some services will be affected, NHS Borders say every effort will be made to minimise disruption to patients in light of the industrial action by members of the British Medical Association, today, Thursday, June 21.

The national strike has arisen due to concerns over the proposed changes to pensions for doctors and the health board anticipare that a number of medical staff across the region will go on strike.

However, the message to patients is clear- if you have an appointment for today, attend as normal unless you have heard otherwise.

Chief executive Calum Campbell said: “We expect many of our doctors will support the industrial action, so NHS Borders has been working in partnership to ensure we can continue to deliver essential services on Thursday and that there will be no adverse impact for our most vulnerable patients.

“BMA members are working with us to ensure that all emergency and urgent appointments and treatment will take place as usual.

“Some non-emergency will be cancelled to help ensure emergency and urgent work can continue. This means that some planned operations, outpatient and pre-assessment clinics at our hospitals and health centres will be rescheduled. Those patients due to attend a service which has had to be cancelled will be contacted and their appointments will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

“All GP Practices in the Borders will be open today. Some GPs will be working as normal and some will only be seeing emergencies and patients requiring urgent medical care. If patients have any concerns about their care on the day, they are advised to contact their GP in the usual way.”