7 March 2016
Junior Doctors industrial action – Wednesday 9th (from 8am) to Friday 11th March (until 8am)
Marion Collict, Director of Operations, said: “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.
“As you would expect, 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 so that our patients, including emergency and urgent admissions, will continue to be cared for in a safe and appropriate manner. Emergency care is not affected by this strike as junior doctors will continue to work in those areas.
“If the strike proceeds as currently planned, the majority of our outpatients and surgical procedures will be unaffected. Some elective care will need to be rescheduled and we apologise to patients for the inconvenience this may cause. We will be in communication with any patient whose appointment is potentially affected. Otherwise patients are asked to attend the hospital as normal”.