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Monday, 25 April 2016

Junior doctors prepare to walk out again




Senior medical leaders are asking David Cameron to step in to break the stalemate between junior doctors in England and the government over a new contract.

They'll go on all-out strike, including emergency care, from 8am to 5pm tomorrow and Wednesday.

This is the advice from St George's in Tooting, South West London's busiest hospital.

We will need to cancel and reschedule non-urgent operations and outpatient appointments. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

However we will be providing the full range of emergency, intensive and maternity care in our hospitals on these days. This care will be provided by our consultants from all our specialities, supported by a range of medical, nursing and allied health professionals.

If you have a scheduled appointment on 26th or 27th April:

All patients affected by the cancellations will be contacted by the trust. If you aren’t contacted, your operation or appointment will go ahead as planned. If you are unsure or have any concerns, please phone the number on your hospital letter and the relevant department will be able to advise you.

Please use services wisely

As stated above, patients in need of urgent and emergency care during the industrial action will continue to receive the treatment they need.

As always, please use emergency services wisely. Where appropriate, please consider alternatives to A&E such as visiting a local GP or pharmacist calling NHS 111, or using the NHS Choices website.

We will be providing regular updates about the industrial action via Twitter.


Meanwhile, bosses at Epsom and St Helier hospitals have issued the below statement.

Our hospitals and staff are likely to be very busy during this period, and as always, we are asking people to only come to our A&E departments in an emergency.

We are working hard to keep any disruption to services to an absolute minimum. If there are changes to an appointment that you have arranged at our hospitals on any day of action, we will contact you. If you do not hear from us, please assume your appointment remains unchanged.


Kingston Hospital has this advice.

Residents are being encouraged to plan ahead and know where to go for medical help as junior doctors in south west London and Surrey gear up for the next round of NHS strikes.

Junior doctors will be providing no cover, including in emergency care, between 8am and 5pm on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 April as the dispute over the government’s new junior doctors contract continues.

However, other clinicians will continue to provide patient care during this time.

Kingston Hospital has a robust plan in place to manage during the two days of industrial action. The Hospital’s priority is ensuring that inpatients continue to receive high quality care and there are medical staff in A&E to treat patients in an emergency.

Residents are being asked to help their local NHS during the industrial action by being aware of the range of NHS services that will not be affected by the strike action.

GPs, pharmacists and the NHS 111 free phone service will continue to work as normal, meaning that help is at hand if residents need urgent medical advice.

However, if it is an emergency, residents shouldn’t hesitate to visit A&E during the hours of the strike to ensure they receive the best care.

If you look after vulnerable groups – such as the elderly, young children or people with long-term conditions – you should take steps to ensure you know what to do if they need medical attention on 26 and 27 April.


Doctors at Ashford at St Peter's Hospital have this advice.

Medical Director, David Fluck said: Robust contingency plans are being put in place to ensure that patients are safe at all times during these strike days and we would like to reassure people that patient safety is our top priority.

If the strike action goes ahead, we will continue to provide full emergency services, but this will mean that a number of our outpatient appointments and a small number of elective surgeries will need to be rescheduled to ensure patient safety. We apologise in advance for this disruption.

We will be contacting patients who are affected. However, if you have an appointment on one of these days and you have not been contacted to reschedule, please attend your appointment as normal.


The message is leave A&E for those who really need it.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:24 pm  

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