Just "a dozen" doctors strike at Royal BerksBy Laura McCardle
June 21, 2012
Patients requiring treatment at Royal Berkshire Hospital have been left largely unaffected by doctors taking part in today's planned industrial action over major changes to their pensions.
Hospital spokesman Joe Wise told getreading just "a dozen" of the hospital's 600 doctors have gone on strike and services are running almost as normal.
He said: "We've got 600 doctors. We had 71 operations scheduled here today and they have all gone ahead.
"Across our sites where we do day surgery - West Berkshire and the eye unit in Windsor - we had 132 surgical procedures scheduled for today and they all went ahead.
"A&E, ICU and the wards are running as normal. We had 2,000 outpatients due to come in today. Three clinics were affected in a minor way but it didn't affect all those patients in those clinics and, in fact, only affected a handful who we contacted prior to today and rescheduled appointments."