Services will be hit by strike


HOSPITAL operations, clinics and appointments will be cancelled as medical staff take part in a national day of strike action next week.

Hospital bosses said Wednesday’s planned walk out by public sector workers in a pension dispute will hit services and patients in Hartlepool.

A large number of nursing and technical staff employed by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust are members of the Unison, one of the big unions leading the action.

Alan Foster, chief executive of the trust, said: “I don’t think the public realise the impact this strike will have on the NHS.

“Services will be affected next Wednesday, but also on Thursday and Friday as well.

“We have a good relationship with our unions and they are working with us to make sure we can mitigate the effect of the strike as much as possible.

“We can assure the public that cancer treatment or urgent and emergency services will be unaffected.

“But there is going to be disruption, there’s no doubt about that.”

Mr Foster said patients who will be affected by cancellations will be notified before Wednesday.

Unions have said they will provide Bank Holiday staff levels, but hospital bosses are working to bring in better cover.

Thousands of public sector workers including council staff, teachers, and Job Centre staff are due to take part in the strike on Wednesday.

It is set to be the biggest day of industrial action since for decades.