Junior doctors vote for industrial action expected to cause some disruption
09 February 2016
Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is expecting some disruption to services after junior doctors voted to take industrial action.
The British Medical Association (BMA) announced the results of a
ballot which was undertaken in relation to the proposed new
contract for doctors-in-training.
BMA junior doctor members have voted to take action at the
- from 8am, Tuesday 12 January to 8am Wednesday 13
January (24 hours) - to provide emergency care only
- from 8am, Tuesday 26 January to 8am Thursday 28 January
(48 hours) - to provide emergency care only -
- from 8am, Wednesday 10 February to 8am Thursday 11
February (24 hours) - to provide emergency care
The trust has detailed plans in order to manage any impact the
proposed action will have on our services, and we would like to
reassure our local communities that the safety of our patients is
always our priority.
We expect to run all emergency services for patients along with
other urgent care such as cancer, maternity services and
As always, we ask if you are unwell to choose the most suitable
service for the treatment you need including pharmacists, GPs and
NHS111 and to only use A&E in an emergency.
We are currently reviewing our outpatient services and hope to
run as many as possible, as the majority are delivered by our
However there is likely to be some impact to routine inpatient
elective procedures, such as planned operations and some outpatient
If there are any changes to an appointment that you have
scheduled at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust we
will contact you.
If you do not hear from us, please assume your appointment
However should you have any concerns please call the number at
the top of your appointment letter to speak to the department.