Junior doctors across the country have gone on a 24 hour strike in a dispute with the government over a new contract which has caused concern over pay and working conditions.
Musgrove Park Hospital has 195 junior doctors in total and has postponed 9 inpatient operations, 1 day case operation and 51 outpatient appointments.
56 junior doctors were on duty at Musgrove Park Hospital this morning covering emergency care as planned.
Musgrove Park Hospital, currently in amber status, says a number of its junior doctors will not have been rostered to work, will be on annual leave or have study leave.
Dr Colin Close, medical director, said:
“We have worked with nursing and medical colleagues to put robust plans in place to ensure that the hospital remains completely safe during the proposed strike periods, and so we are confident that anyone coming to the hospital during this period will get the high quality, safe care they can expect from us.
Unfortunately this means that we have had to postpone some planned surgery and appointments to ensure that we are able to continue to deliver high quality care to those people who need us in an emergency. Where this has been necessary we have been contacting those affected directly as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes, however, patient safety is always our utmost priority.
If you have an appointment with us on the day of a strike, and have not been contacted by us to say it has been postponed, please attend your appointment as normal. There is no need to call in and check.”
The 24 hour strike will last until 08:00 tomorrow morning (Wednesday).