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NHS patients given warning appointment before industrial action

NHS patients in England are urged to plan their appointments in advance as railway strikes are expected to cause travel chaos next week. Speaking ahead of the strikes, the NHS’s top doctor reminded people that ‘the NHS remains open’ as he called on people to seek treatment when needed.

Millions of people are seen and treated in the NHS every week. The strikes could have a particular impact on hospitals in London, many of which have limited parking capacity for those planning to drive to their appointments as an alternative.

As well as affecting patient appointments, strikes can also hamper the movement of NHS staff. Half of Britain’s rail lines will be closed during strikes on June 21, 23 and 25 by the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union.

Transport for London has also ‘strongly encouraged’ people not to travel on the London Underground on June 21. This is due to a 24 hour strike by the RMT and Unite.

Professor Sir Stephen Powis, National Medical Director of the NHS in England, said: “With train strikes expected across the country next week, I would urge those who have appointments to plan ahead and seek other options for getting to their GP practice. or to the hospital if necessary. The NHS sees millions of people every week for urgent and routine care and it’s vital that people have access to the care they need despite the disruption – the NHS remains open, so keep coming forward.

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