Friday 11 August 2023

STRIKE action by junior doctors is affecting hospitals in East Yorkshire – the fifth period of strikes in the past six months. The British Medical Association and Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association unions announced 96-hours of industrial action starting at 7am this morning and ending at 7am on Tuesday, August 15. 

The walk-out affects services across Castle Hill Hospital, Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull Women and Children’s Hospital and the Hull and East Yorkshire Eye Hospital, where junior doctors collectively number almost 500. Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust  has been contacting patients whose appointments cannot go ahead during the strike, with a view to rescheduling as soon as possible. It has also provided advice on walk-in care and minor injury treatment options.

THE FUTURE of Wilko in Beverley is in doubt after the group entered into Administration yesterday. Wilko has 400 stores – including one at Flemingate – and approximately 12,500 employees. A spokesperson for the company said it had been hit by “incredibly challenging trading conditions, throughout the pandemic and the cost of living crisis, resulting in cashflow pressure and a deterioration in trading”.

They said Wilko will continue to trade without any immediate redundancies as discussions with interested parties continue. If buyers are not found, it is likely that store closures and redundancies will follow.

THE ENVIRONMENT Agency has announced it’s carrying out essential repairs to Figham Bridge in Beverley to enable farmers to access grazing land on both sides of the Beverley and Barmston Drain.