Junior doctors' industrial action 26 and 27 April

Friday 22 April 2016


The British Medical Association (BMA) has confirmed that its junior doctor members have voted to take industrial action.

Their next industrial action is due to take place as follows:

  • Junior doctors to take all-out strike action (no emergency cover) – 8am-5pm Tuesday 26 April and Wednesday 27 April.

Senior managers and clinicians in the Trust are working closely with trade union representatives to ensure that the quality and safety of care that we provide to patients is protected.

We can now confirm which services we will be able run safely during the planned industrial action on 26 and 27 April:

  • from 8am to 5pm on both 26 and 27 April, emergency care will be prioritised – we will continue to provide all urgent and emergency care services (including A&E and maternity) and all community services
  • consultants will cover the usual duties of our junior doctors in our urgent and emergency care services and on our hospital wards to ensure the safety of our patients
  • we are rescheduling some non-urgent operations and outpatient clinic appointments which are due to take place during the industrial action so that we can prioritise urgent and emergency care
  • we apologise for any inconvenience caused to patients due to circumstances outside our control (this is a national strike)
  • any patients affected will be contacted in advance of 26 April.

Patients and the public can help us during this busy time by choosing the appropriate health services for them – details of local services are available at www.nhs.uk/strike.

Dr Ian Abbs, the Trust’s Medical Director, says: “The safety of our patients is the Trust’s priority at all times in making decisions about which services we are able to run on 26 and 27 April.”

Last updated: April 2016

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