Minor disruption in Burnley during BMA strike

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LESS than 10% of appointments were cancelled in Burnley as a result of a national doctors’ strike.

Yesterday, doctors who are part of the British Medical Association (BMA) held a day of action, to raise their concerns over the NHS pension scheme.

Figures reported by the NHS estimate that around 11,500 doctors, just over eight per cent of doctors working in the NHS in England, participated in industrial action.

Nationally, around 2,700 elective operations were believed to have been cancelled and rescheduled. This represents approximately nine per cent of normal daily number of elective operations.

Around 18,750 outpatient appointments were cancelled and rescheduled.

And approximately 75 per cent of GP surgeries provided routine appointments, with approximately 25 per cent providing urgent only appointments.

In East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust,approximately six per cent of GPs participated in the action.

A spokesman at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “It was very much business as normal at all our hospital sites. “The Emergency Department and Urgent Care Centre at Royal Blackburn Hospital and the Urgent Care Centre at Burnley General Hospital and our Minor Injuries Unit were no busier than normal.

“With regards to outpatient clinic appointments, scheduled diagnostics and operations, less than 10% of these had to be cancelled across the whole Trust and those patients affected have been contacted and their appointments rearranged.”

And BMA council chairman Hamish Meldrum said: “Our intention has not been to maximise the impact on patients, but to communicate the scale of doctors’ anger and to encourage the government back to the table.

“Doctors have sent a strong message that a fairer approach must be found.”