The British Medical Association (BMA) announced last month that junior doctors across England plan to carry out a full strike, which will include emergency cover, from 8am until 5pm on Tuesday, 26 April and Wednesday, 27 April after failing to reach an agreement in the dispute over contract changes proposed by the government.
As on previous occasions, human resources and senior clinical staff across University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust continue to work alongside junior doctor representatives and the BMA to develop plans to minimise disruption to patients over the course of the two days.
To ensure our hospitals run as safely and as effectively as possible during the periods of strike action, we will cancel some outpatient clinics and non-urgent operations to reallocate clinical staff in other areas. All emergency and urgent services in the trust will be fully staffed at all times during the strike with further consultant cover available if required.
Any patients who will be affected if the planned strike action goes ahead will be contacted via telephone beforehand and told that their appointment/operation has been cancelled and will be rescheduled. 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
Posted on Wednesday 20 April 2016