A further bout of national industrial action is planned for Thursday 29th January 2015 when some health workers from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust will strike between the hours of 9am and 9pm.
Unions GMB, Royal College of Midwives (RCM), Society of Radiographers (SoR), Unison and Unite unions, to which many TRFT colleagues belong, are set to take part in the action.
Chris Holt, Chief Operating Officer at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We have worked with colleagues and the unions to ensure that patients care continues to be prioritised and so that disruptions to services are minimised during the planned industrial action on the 29th.
“Throughout this time we will be operating as normal across all our services, which includes those ran from Rotherham Hospital, Rotherham Community Health Centre, BreathingSpace, our other community bases and in patients homes.”
Based on the critical services they provide, some services at the Trust are exempt from industrial action and will not be affected including:
• Emergency Department (A&E) and associated Wards
• Critical Care
• Cancer Services
• Maternity Delivery Suit/Labour Wards
• Non-Elective Theatre Work
Chris added: “We ask for patients to please attend appointments as planned on the 29th, unless you are contacted directly to say otherwise, and remember that our emergency department and emergency services are for those who need urgent care and for those who have serious illnesses.”
The industrial action on the 29th is anticipated to be followed by a period of ‘working to rule’ and by a further two strikes in February 2015, one of which is planned to last for 24hours. ENDS
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