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Patients in East Yorkshire urged to attend appointments 'unless told otherwise'

Patients with hospital appointments scheduled for tomorrow in East Yorkshire are being urged to attend as normal unless they have already been told otherwise ahead of the junior doctors strike.

Junior doctors are set to strike from 8am Credit: PA

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust will be implementing business continuity plans as junior doctors prepare for 24 hours of industrial action beginning at 8am tomorrow, and concluding at 8am on Thursday 11 February.

The Trust provides services at both Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham and Hull Royal Infirmary.

Strike action is being taken in response to a national dispute over proposed changes to junior doctors’ terms and conditions. Talks between the BMA, Department of Health and NHS Employers have been ongoing since November, but have so far failed to reach agreement.

We recognise the junior doctors’ right to take industrial action, so we will be implementing our business continuity plans in an attempt to minimise disruption for patients and ensure our services can continue to run safely. We will be providing extra support in those areas we expect to come under additional pressure, for example, there will be extra pharmacy support for our wards to help with prescribing issues and patient discharge arrangements. In a limited number of areas where it would not prove safe or possible to continue to see patients, regrettably there will be a small number of cancellations. All of those patients affected have now been contacted to advise them and make alternative arrangements. During the last day of strike action, some of our departments were reporting higher than usual volumes of patients simply failing to turn up to their appointments. We think this may have been linked to the anticipated disruption, but during the January strike, around 97% of all hospital activity still went ahead as planned. Patients with appointments or procedures scheduled for 10th February can therefore help us by turning up as planned, unless they have been told otherwise.

– Mr Kevin Phillips, Chief Medical Officer at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust would like to apologise for any inconvenience, and thank patients and the public for their cooperation and understanding during the forthcoming period of industrial action.

West Yorkshire’s Police to donate £40,000 to flood victims

West Yorkshire Police are to give £40,000 to West Yorkshire flood victims.

Flooding devastation in Mytholmroyd Credit: ITV News

The money will be used to support the most vulnerable victims in all affected areas.

The floods which devastated parts of Calderdale, Leeds and Bradford on Boxing Day left an untold amount of damage across the areas which affected thousands of local people.

The one-off donation will be made via the Calderdale and Leeds Community foundations who have both established a flood appeal in conjunction with their local Councils.

I have thanked West Yorkshire Police for leading the initial co-ordination of the response to the flooding in West Yorkshire through the local resilience multi-agency forum. The response was a credit to them and the other emergency services involved and particularly to our communities who rallied round tremendously to help. I have personally seen some of the devastation caused by the floods and have been able to visit some of the areas and organisations that have helped support the victims and businesses with the clean-up. I am delighted that we are able to provide this money to help support the most vulnerable people impacted by the floods.

– West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson

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Bus services in Barnsley cancelled after Tates Travel ceases trading

A bus company in South Yorkshire has ceased trading leading to all its services ending with immediate effect.

Tates Travel ran services in Barnsley and gave less than 24 hours' notice to passengers that the routes would be cancelled.

With the shock collapse of Tates Travel, we need to make sure that local people are not left high and dry, and cut off in their communities.

I'm contacting the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive to demand that urgent action is taken so that other bus providers can step in to run vital local bus services.

– Michael Dugher MP
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