Operations still cancelled despite strike action being called off

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PATIENTS at Queen Alexandra Hospital are being told that even though a junior doctors’ strike has been postponed, new appointment times still stand.

The British Medical Association (BMA) yesterday evening announced that the strike action planned by junior doctors for today has been called off.

A spokesman for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs QA, said: ‘Some of our patients have had their operations or appointments rearranged due to the proposed strike action.

‘The new arrangements, dates and times will remain – please do not revert to your original date and time, as this no longer applies.

‘The change in decision to strike so close to the proposed date will mean some continuing disruption to our services, but we aim to keep this to a minimum.

‘We will aim to keep you well-informed as this situation continues to evolve.’

All three strikes planned by the BMA – including one on December 8 and December 16 – have been suspended in order to return negotiations.

In return, the government has agreed to suspend its threat to impose a new contract on doctors, which would see them working for longer hours.

If the fresh round of talks break down, the BMA still has the right to hold its strikes before a deadline of January 13.