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Further Junior Doctor and Consultant Strike action has been confirmed by the BMA. The below sets out the details of the planned industrial action and levels of cover that the BMA has agreed to provide.
Consultants will strike but deliver Christmas Day levels of staffing. Junior Doctors will work as usual.
Both Junior Doctors and consultants will strike but both will deliver Christmas Day levels of staffing.
21 and 22 September
A full walkout of junior doctors. Consultants will work as usual.
Further details on the levels of cover that will be provided is available on the BMA website: Pay restoration for junior doctors in England (bma.org.uk)
Unfortunately, we will need to postpone a number of operations and appointments over the period of strike action, which we will be re-arranging as a priority. We appreciate this situation is frustrating for patients affected and apologise for any inconvenience caused. Anyone with an appointment should continue to attend as planned unless they have been contacted to rearrange.
Urgent and emergency treatment remains our priority and patients can continue to access care from our emergency departments, maternity services and critical services for inpatients. It is vital that people do not put off seeking care.
It is even more important people choose services wisely over this period so that care is available to patients who need it most. This includes using 111 online as the first port of call for health needs and continuing to only use 999 if it is a life-threatening emergency.
Your questions answered
What if I have an appointment on a strike day?
Everyone who has an appointment should attend as planned, unless we have contacted you to reschedule.
When will I find out if my appointment is rescheduled?
We will contact you if your appointment needs to be rescheduled due to strike action. This is likely to be a text or phone call. If we have not contacted you, please attend your appointment as planned.
If my appointment is rescheduled, will I be put back to the bottom of the waiting list?
Any appointments that need to be rescheduled will be done so as a priority.
Is there anything I should do now?
No, we will contact you if your appointment needs to be rescheduled due to strike action.
Should I cancel my appointment on the day of strikes?
No, if we have not contacted you, please attend your appointment as planned.
Find more information you can visit:
- Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA)
- British Medical Association (BMA)
- BMA consultants
- British Dental Association (BDA)
- BDA consultants
05 September 2023