Junior Doctors Strike In The West Country
11 January 2016, 17:27 | Updated: 11 January 2016, 17:41
Junior doctors across the West Country will be taking industrial action between 8am on Tuesday and 8am on Wednesday.
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust has this advice:
Junior doctors are taking industrial action across the country on 12 January 2016.
We have planned to ensure that our patients are cared for safely but unfortunately we have had to cancel some routine activities. We have contacted all patients affected.
If you do not hear from us please attend your scheduled appointment as normal. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Musgrove Park Hospital has issued this advice:
Junior doctors are due to take industrial action from 8am on Tuesday, 12 January to 8am Wednesday, 13 January, 2016. During this time they will be carrying out emergency care only.
We have worked with nursing and medical colleagues to put robust plans in place to ensure that the hospital remains completely safe during the proposed strike periods, and are confident that anyone coming to the hospital during this period will get the high quality, safe care they can expect from us.
Unfortunately this means that we have had to postpone some planned surgery and appointments to ensure that we are able to continue to deliver high quality care to those people who need us in an emergency. Where this has been necessary we have been contacting those affected directly as soon as possible.
We apologise for any inconvenience this causes, however, patient safety is always our utmost priority.
If you have an appointment with us on the day of a strike, and have not been contacted by us to say it has been postponed, please attend your appointment as normal. There is no need to call in and check.
If you need medical assistance during the strike period you should use NHS services in the way you normally would
North Bristol NHS Trust says:
Junior doctors are due to take industrial action from 8am on Tuesday, January 12 to 8am on Wednesday, January 13. During this time they will be carrying out emergency care only.
This dispute is in relation to the Government's proposal to introduce new terms and conditions of employment for junior doctors.
We have been working hard to minimise disruption for our patients but are now in the process of cancelling the majority of outpatient appointments and a number of non-urgent procedures and operations planned to take place on January 12. This is required in order to maintain a safe service across the Trust.
Due to the short-term nature of the cancellation we are contacting patients by phone to inform them of their cancellation and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Our aim is to reschedule any cancellations as quickly as possible.
If you do not hear from us and you are due to come into hospital on January 12 for an appointment or planned admission, please assume this is still going ahead. In the event that the industrial action is called off, outpatient appointments will continue to run as normal. Please attend with your letter.
However, it will not be possible to reinstate cancelled operations so if you're told that your operation is cancelled it will remain cancelled.