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Preparing for industrial action

20 Nov 2015

Junior doctors have voted in favour of taking the following industrial action over three days in December.

Tuesday 1 December – junior doctors will be providing “emergency care only” for 24 hours from 8 am to 8am on Wednesday, 2 December.
Tuesday 8 December – a full walk-out between the hours of 8am to 5pm.
Wednesday 16 December – a full walk-out between 8 am and 5pm.

The trust has well-tested plans for dealing with any disruption including industrial action so that service users may remain safe and well cared for during this time.

Inpatients will continue to receive care as normal, however routine or non-urgent hospital appointments with junior doctors may need to be post-poned or re-arranged.

Service users who receive care in the community may also have routine appointments postponed. This is so that clinical staff on duty can provide care to service users with urgent and emergency needs first.
People with less urgent care needs may have to wait longer than normal for treatment, given the increased pressures on services during this time.

In all cases we will give priority to service users with the most pressing health needs.

Please contact your care coordinator to check whether your appointment is going ahead or will be postponed on these days. Also remember that you can call the service user support line on 0300 1234 244 for help or contact your GP or primary care mental health team.

If you are looking after someone who is vulnerable – such as the elderly, children and people with long-term conditions – take steps to know what to do if they need medical care during the course of this industrial action.

Advice for people who are on regular medication , have long-term illnesses and the elderly:

  • If you are feeling unwell please do not wait, take advice from your GP or pharmacist.
  • If you have regular medication – please make sure you have collected your prescription from the GP and have been to the pharmacist to collect it, and have it to hand.
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