JUNIOR doctors at Rotherham Hospital have joined their colleagues across the country in walking out on strike in a row over changes to their contracts.
The British Medical Association (BMA) began a 24-hour strike at 8am today (Tuesday), which includes all junior doctors, except those on call to provide emergency cover.
Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, said three clinics, involving 33 patients, have been cancelled but added there was no plans to cancel operations.
A spokesman said patients should attend medical appointments as planned unless they have been informed otherwise.
Conrad Wareham, the trust’s medical director said: “Our priority is to deliver safe care to our patients and we aim to deliver the maximum service possible while respecting that some of our colleagues do wish to take industrial action.
“It is important that our patients make every attempt to come to their appointments so that we can continue to deliver high quality care.”
The trust said it would contact patients should it become necessary for it to cancel any further appointments or procedures.
The BMA said junior doctors would take strike action for the first time in 40 years after the latest round of negotiations in the long-running row ended last week.
There will also be a 48-hour strike, which will also not involve doctors on emergency cover, from 8am on Tuesday, January 26.
All junior doctors will walk out on strike between 8am and 5pm on Wednesday, February 10.