Junior doctors across England are due to stage a two-day strike on 26 and 27 April, which will see them withdraw all labour – including for emergency care – between the hours of 8am and 5pm on both days. This is a national dispute which relates to the Government’s proposals to introduce a new junior doctors’ contract, and is not directed at individual hospitals.
We have plans in place to ensure we provide a safe service for our patients throughout the strike, including anyone who needs emergency or urgent care.
We will be running as many outpatient appointments and planned operations and procedures as possible on both days, but we have had to postpone some appointments and we are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause.
If you have an outpatient appointment at the L&D on 26 or 27 April, or you are due to come in for surgery or another procedure on either day, please attend as normal unless we tell you otherwise – if we have to postpone your appointment, operation or procedure, we will contact you to let you know as soon as possible.
What should local people do on the strike days?
What is the L&D doing to help minimise disruption to patients?
Our overriding priority is to ensure that the strike does not compromise the care we provide to our patients and their families. We have been working with clinical colleagues across the Trust to maintain adequate staffing levels within our Emergency Department and the services which support it, including emergency surgery, radiology and other diagnostic services.
We have taken a number of steps to ensure that our consultants and other staff teams can provide support in areas and roles normally staffed by junior doctors, including: