The British Medical Association (BMA) has announced that junior doctors across England plan to carry out three 48-hour strikes during March and April after failing to reach an agreement in the dispute over contract changes proposed by the government.
The first period of industrial action will take place from 8am on Wednesday, 9 March to 8am on Friday, 11 March. This will be followed by a second strike from 8am on Wednesday, 6 April to 8am on Friday, 8 April and a third from 8am on Tuesday, 26 April to 8am on Thursday, 28 April.
During each of these periods of action, junior doctors will provide emergency care only.
As on previous occasions, human resources and senior clinical staff across University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust are 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 operations to reallocate clinical staff in other areas.
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
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 Wednesday. 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 Wednesday 24 February 2016