Hospital services disrupted – 1 December due to junior doctor industrial action
Junior doctors have voted in favour of industrial action in the ongoing national dispute with the government about proposed changes to their contract.
Junior doctors throughout the country will only be providing emergency cover between 8am on 1 December and 8am on 2 December, with a full walk out planned between 8am and 5pm on 8 and 16 December.
Inevitably, industrial action on this scale will have some effect on how services are run. We have reviewed staffing levels and services, and have made the decision to cancel clinics and planned operations on 1 December to enable us to redeploy the workforce throughout the hospitals.
We will decide what action we need to take for 8 and 16 December closer to those dates as the position may change before then.
From Monday 23 November we will be contacting patients whose appointments on 1 December will be affected. We sincerely apologise to every patient whose planned care has been disrupted by the industrial action, and trust that people will appreciate that our priority must be to ensure we are able to maintain continuity and quality of care for inpatients and those requiring urgent treatment during this period.
Please help us to make sure we can look after those who most need hospital care on the days when industrial action is planned by only attending our emergency departments if you need urgent treatment for a serious condition, as the hospitals will be exceptionally busy. If you are unsure what health care service you need please ring 111 for advice.
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