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'No operations cancelled' ahead of junior doctor strike

Junior doctors are carrying out their first all-out strike. Credit: PA

No operations in North and West Cumbria have been cancelled ahead of a two-day strike by junior doctors.

However, North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust says 59 outpatient appointments have been cancelled on Tuesday 26 April, and 24 on Wednesday 27 April.

ITV Border understands there are around 114 junior doctors employed by the Trust who are eligible for strike action.

The Trust, which runs the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, has booked fewer operations in anticipation of the strike, but has not cancelled any procedures.

Like every NHS organisation, we have tried and tested plans in place to deal with a range of disruptions, including industrial action, and will be working with all partners to ensure the continued safe care of our patients during this time.

The public can help the NHS by thinking carefully before using NHS services. We would urge people to make use of pharmacists, the NHS website and NHS 111, if appropriate. They can all provide helpful advice.”

– North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

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