Operations postponed as Doncaster doctors take action

Operations postponed: Bosses at Doncaster Royal Infirmary put off 20 patients' surgery.
Operations postponed: Bosses at Doncaster Royal Infirmary put off 20 patients' surgery.
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NHS bosses reported ‘minimal impact’ on Doncaster yesterday as doctors took their day of action over pensions reforms.

All the borough’s GP surgeries were open, with most providing normal services.

But 20 operations were cancelled by bosses who run the Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

The British Medical Association had said its members would only be dealing with urgent cases as they protested over plans which would see them have to wait until they were 68 to draw their pensions.

An NHS Doncaster spokesperson said: “We have experienced minimal impact from the BMA day of action.

“All GP surgeries remain open with 61 per cent of them providing a normal service to patients.

“Other practices are providing a reduced service treating only urgent cases. The action only affects doctors, so other routine clinics run by other healthcare professionals are operating as normal.”

He added that although some routine work, such as repeat prescriptions and non-urgent appointments, may not have been done yesterday, all urgent and emergency care was being provided.

The trust which runs Doncaster Royal Infirmary, the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said it postponed some non-urgent activity that was due to take place with 20 non-urgent operations postponed.

The trust usually runs 26 outpatient clinics for non-urgent care on Thursdays, but 18 of those were postponed.

A spokeswoman said: “We are rebooking patients whose appointments or surgery has been postponed so we can ensure they receive it in a timely manner.”