Public sector strike - how will it affect the Dearne?

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HospitalS and schools across South Yorkshire are set to be severely disrupted by tomorrow’s planned strike by public sector unions.

Hundreds of workers are to unite for a 24 hour walkout as part of planned day of action nationally.

At least two million union members are expected to take part in the industrial action in protest to changes to their pensions.

Across the region, councils have warned day centres, libraries, children’s centres and community centres will be closed.

A number of Doncaster Council services are due to be disrupted - with more than 100 schools announcing they expect to be closed.

Hospitals across Yorkshire are warning patients that services, outpatient appointments and operations could be affected by the industrial action but accident and emergency departments, urgent surgery and cancer treatment units will remain open. Hospitals in York may be forced to cancel appointments and operations and are encouraging patients to contact the relevant department. The hospitals drop-in radiology department for patients referred by their GP for an x-ray will not be operating.

Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Bassetlaw and Montagu hospitals will be running a bank holiday-style service with most outpatient and non-urgent admissions cancelled.

The NHS has published its plans for the day, which will see family doctors’ surgeries open as usual and emergency services provided by A&E staff at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

But the trust says it will be running a bank holiday-type service on the day, with most outpatient appointments and non-urgent admissions being cancelled.

The main priority will be to maintain an emergency and trauma service and ensure cancer patients are not disadvantaged.

The trust will contact patients if their appointment or admission is affected.

Ron Calvert, chief executive of the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We accept staff have a right to strike but we have asked them to consider the needs of patients.

“This is a national issue but, regrettably, has a local impact. We apologise to patients and visitors for the inconvenience caused by cancelling all non-urgent clinics and admissions.

“Patient safety is our highest priority and will be maintained.”

The Dearne Valley Dental Access Centre, based at Montagu Hospital, which provides access to emergency dental care, is expected to be open as normal. The service is by appointment only - call 0845 155 0845.

Doncaster’s 8am to 8pm health centre will operate its normal opening hours from its new base at The Flying Scotsman Centre, close to the railway station in St Sepulchre Gate West.

Registered and unregistered patients can use the service either as a walk-in and wait to be seen, or by pre-booking an appointment by calling 01302 645 544.

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, which provides a range of mental health, learning disability substance misuse and community services across Doncaster, is also expecting to run a weekend or bank holiday type service on the day.

For more information on council services call 01302 736000 or visit www.doncastergov.uk

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, which provides a range of mental health, learning disability substance misuse and community services across Doncaster borough, is also expecting to run a weekend or bank holiday type service on the day.

Essential services will include inpatient and 24-hour care, crisis and intensive support. A number of routine and non-urgent services will be suspended on the day and the Trust is contacting people who may be affected to inform them of any changes.

If anyone has any concerns or questions they should contact the services they use by their usual methods or ring the Trust’s PALS team on 0800 015 4334.

Barnsley and Rotherham Council have all confirmed that refuse collections will be cancelled tomorrow affecting more than 100,000 homes.

Wakefield Council has announced that all of its museums and castles will remain closed because of the strike while Humberside Police has cancelled leave for officers on the day of the action.

Passengers arriving at the region’s ports and airports may experience short delays in clearing immigration checks, as some UK Border Agency staff take part in the dispute. However disruption on the scale expected at major London airports is unlikely.

A spokesman for Doncaster Robin Hood Airport said passengers arriving back to the UK will experience “minimal disruption” and passengers departing will be unaffected.

In Barnsley, The Civic (Eldon Street), along with other face-to-face centres across the borough, will be closed on Wednesday. Telephone contact will be available although limited. All libraries will be closed and the mobile library will also be off the road for the day.

Adult Social Care and Support Services: The council has identified its service users who are the most vulnerable and has made arrangements to provide those people with the support services that are essential for daily living and are necessary to keep them safe during the period of industrial action.

Children Social Care Services: The Children Social Care Services will be limited, but urgent safeguarding concerns can be reported by calling 01226 772423 or 01226 728831.

The majority of Barnsley schools will be closed to pupils. To check which schools these are, visit the school closures web page. Schools that have not notified the council of their intentions may also be closed, so parents/guardians are advised to check with their child’s school. Schools which have notified us that they will remain open will also be posted on the school closures page.

The Registrar Service at Berneslai Close will only provide emergency registration services for those needing to register a death.