The public has been asked to call 999 only for life-threatening emergencies during the NHS strike taking place this morning.
A number of appointments have been postponed at Peterborough City Hospital ahead of the strike by midwives taking place between 7am and 11am today (Monday October 13).
Ambulance Services and NHS staff are currently on strike following the ongoing pay dispute for NHS staff.
Penny Brett, Head of Midwifery at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are anticipating a number of midwives will not be present for their shifts between 7am and 11am on Monday 13 October, due to taking part in the strike action.
“As a result we have taken the decision to reschedule 2 elective caesarean sections that were due to take place on Monday. These will take place on Tuesday instead. We have also rescheduled community antenatal clinics that were due to take place. We are making contact with those women affected by the strike action to notify them of alternative arrangements.
“Our priority is to ensure a safe environment and to protect the staffing of the delivery suite for the period of the strike action.”
Early indications are that the impact of the action on other patient services across the Trust will be minimal.
Mike Best, UNISON accredited workplace representative, said: “Our campaign is Five Days For Fair Pay and It’s fair play for our UNISON members who turn out to support this action, it goes to show that our union made the right decision to call upon our members to strike, however hard that decision was.
“We deserve more than a derisory 1 per cent pay rise and the patients we care for agree.”
East Midlands Ambulance Service is continuing to respond to patients suffering a life-threatening injury or illness.
Sue Noyes, EMAS Chief Executive said: “We recognise the right of our staff to take industrial action in response to this national issue and we respect and understand that their decision to strike is a difficult
one to make.
“Next week is going to be a challenge for all UK Ambulance Services and we have been preparing contingency plans to mitigate the impact this may have on patient services. We continue to work in partnership with our union colleagues regionally and locally to ensure our plans are as robust as possible to help us to continue saving lives, deliver emergency care, and reduce any unnecessary anxiety and concern in the communities we serve.
“Union colleagues have confirmed that they will respond to life-threatening emergencies during the four-hour period and I thank them for putting the safety of our most acutely ill patients first,” added Sue.