NHS braces for strike chaos with business chiefs warning of ‘incredible damage’

NHS braces for strike chaos with business chiefs warning of 'incredible damage'

Today sees the first national rail strike of the week – two more are planned for Thursday and Saturday (Picture: Getty Images)

Healthcare bosses have maintained the NHS ’remains open’ amid strike action today.

Train workers from the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union are walking out over three days this week as a result of a dispute over frozen pay.

A Tube strike in London today will also cause severe travel disruption until 8am tomorrow.

And the London Overground and the Elizabeth line – which use National Rail ‘assets’ to operation – will be affected over the full three days.

The NHS have urged people needing to attend medical appointments this week to leave as much time as they can to travel.

The strikes could have a particular impact on hospitals in London, as many of have limited parking for those choosing to drive in a bid to avoid strike disruption.

The city’s King’s College Hospital said in a statement: ‘We recognise that some patients and visitors are likely to experience difficulty accessing our hospital sites on the strike days, but also on the days in-between.

London Underground workers have gone on strike in a separate dispute over pensions and job losses (Picture: Ben Cawthra/LNP)

‘We would like to reassure patients and visitors that hospital services will continue as normal during this period.’

As well as affecting patient appointments, the strikes may also hamper the commutes of NHS staff.

Some hospitals have made arrangements to ensure their workforce can make it in, and have set up park-and-ride services and taxi-sharing facilities.

Staff are also being encouraged to cycle, walk or car share while those who can work from home are being asked to do so.

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Source:: Metro News

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