Plans in place for possible strike
12:00pm Thursday 10th May 2012 in News
Hywel Dda Health Board is making plans to maintain essential services following Unite's announcement of a strike today (Thursday).
Health chiefs have warned of possible disruption to healthcare services but at this stage is not planning to cancel any outpatient appointments.
Plans are already being put in place to minimise disruption to patients, without compromising quality and safety, although there may be some delays in being seen.
Janet Wilkinson, Director of workforce and organisational development at Hywel Dda Health Board said:
"Due to the proposed industrial action, we are preparing how we can continue to provide as many services as possible and maintain the safety of patients in our care with a reduced number of staff.
"Based on the information we currently have, we are not planning on cancelling outpatient appointments however there may be some delays for patients due to a shortage of staff in specific service areas (such as pathology, pharmacy and estates). We understand the frustration and concerns of our patients and will do everything possible on the day to minimise disruption."
Patients are being urged to check travel arrangements before they set out, as ambulance and public transport may also be affected by the strike action.