FINANCE: West Middlesex University Hospital Trust reported that thanks to an “effective contingency plan” on 30 November, the day of the national pensions strike, disruption was minimised.

Minutes presented to the board’s February meeting said: “The majority of elective work continued with a number of outpatient clinics being cancelled. 

Chief finance officer Simon Marshall estimated that the financial impact is expected to be in the region of £50,000. Work is underway to ensure all cancelled appointments are re-booked within two weeks.”

The trust’s annual turnover is approximately £149m.