Some hospital appointments postponed as junior doctors walk out

SOME hospital appointments have been postponed after junior doctors walked out this morning in the latest industrial action.

Amid an ongoing dispute over pay and conditions, the medics went on strike at 7am today (August 11) and are set to be off the wards until 7am on Tuesday morning (August 15).

A spokesperson for Dorset County Hospital (DCH) NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our junior doctors are vital for patient care and the running of our hospital services.

“During their industrial action, some medically-led activity will be postponed to ensure that we can provide safe emergency and inpatient care.

“You will hear directly from us if we have to rearrange your appointment – if you don’t hear from us please attend as planned.”

During the strikes, they said no-one should put off seeking urgent or emergency care and people with serious, life-threatening conditions will continue to be seen at the Emergency Department (ED).

However, they urged people to keep 999 and the ED clear for life-threatening emergencies and urged them to visit NHS 111 online or call 111 for other urgent care needs.

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