The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Planned industrial action in the NHS: Thursday 29 January

27 January 2015

On Thursday 29 January, a number of health trade unions will be calling their members to take industrial action or action short of a strike.  At Leeds Teaching Hospitals this will be from 8am to 9pm.   Our priority during this time will be to ensure our patients are kept safe and that essential services at Leeds Teaching Hospitals continue as normal.  These include emergency and urgent surgery and medical care, A&E, all cancer treatments, and all emergency maternity services including antenatal visits and urgent screening.  We will be concentrating resources on these areas as well as on looking after patients on our wards. Some disruption is inevitable, but understandably it is difficult to predict the scale exactly at this stage.  As part of our plans to ensure we continue to deliver the safest possible care to our patients, we will be rearranging routine surgery and outpatient clinics that would normally have occurred during this period. We are contacting patients in writing, by phone and by text to let them know if their appointment has been affected.  If you are not contacted, please assume your appointment will go ahead as usual.  We have been working closely with our doctors and local trade union representatives to agree the list of essential services we will maintain during the industrial action.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused to our patients and we will endeavour to rearrange appointments as quickly as possible.