Notice for Patients - Forthcoming operation cancellations at Warrington Hospital
16th August 2017
It is with disappointment that we advise that some patients due to have planned operations at Warrington Hospital may have their procedure rescheduled due to strike action by Warrington theatre staff.
All patients should attend as planned unless they have been directly contacted by us to reschedule their procedure. Emergency procedures are not affected.
Theatre staff will withdraw labour between:
- 1pm -5pm on Friday 18th August
- 8am and 12noon on Monday 21st August and
- 1pm -5pm and Friday 25th 2017.
Only procedures carried out at Warrington Hospitals are affected, Halton and CMTC hospitals are not affected.
Warrington Theatre staff have been ‘working to rule’ during our negotiations which includes an overtime ban that has already impacted on patients having their planned operations rescheduled.
The Trust has made four separate and improved offers from the Trust, most recent of which was recommended by their own union, Unite. The Trust’s offer of mediation has also been rejected outright.
We sincerely apologise to those patients that have and will be affected by this action and affirm our commitment to continue to negotiate in order to resolve this situation as quickly as possible.
The dispute has arisen as the Trust proposed to change the way that staff are rostered and reimbursed to ensure a fair and equitable system for all theatre staff. Currently theatre nurses and care assistants are required to work a shift system covering 24/7 each day of the year. A historic local agreement has seen a small group of Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) receive significantly enhanced compensation and paid rest time for hours worked beyond their early or late day shifts, some taking home nearly double that of their nurse colleagues.