The British Medical Association (BMA) announced last week (19 November) that, following a ballot of its members over contract changes proposed by the government, junior doctors across England voted in favour of strike action on three dates during December.
The first, which will see junior doctors provide emergency care only, is set to take place from 8am on Tuesday (1 December) until 8am on Wednesday (2 December).
Since the announcement, human resources and senior clinical staff across University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust have been working alongside junior doctor representatives and the BMA to develop plans to minimise disruption to patients.
To ensure our hospitals run as safely and as effectively as possible during the periods of strike action, we expect to cancel some outpatient clinics and non-urgent theatre lists to reallocate clinical staff in other areas.
Any patients who will be affected if strike action goes ahead will be contacted via telephone and letter beforehand.
The letter will state that their appointment has been cancelled and will be rescheduled but, if strike action does not go ahead, they should attend their appointment as planned.
Patients whose appointments will not be affected will not hear from us and should plan to attend hospital as normal.
Dr Caroline Marshall
Chief operating officer
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Additional information from NHS Southampton City CCG
NHS Southampton City CCG would like to confirm that no other health services throughout the city will be affected by the junior doctor strike on Tuesday. They have advised anyone with an urgent medical condition to contact their GP practice, all of whom remain unaffected by the strike, or NHS 111. The emergency department at Southampton General Hospital will operate as usual throughout the period of strike action. For more information about health services in the city, please visit www.southamptoncityccg.nhs.uk
Posted on Thursday 26 November 2015