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Junior doctors industrial action expected to cause some disruption

07 March 2016

Health Care

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 following times: 

  • from 8am, Wednesday 9 March to 8am, Friday 11 March (48 hours) - to provide emergency care only
  • from 8am, Wednesday 6 April to 8am, Friday 8 April (48 hours) - to provide emergency care only
  • from 8am, Tuesday 26 April to 8am, Thursday 28 April (48 hours)   - to provide emergency care only

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 dialysis.

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 consultants.

However there is likely to be some impact to routine inpatient elective procedures, such as planned operations and some outpatient clinics.

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 remains unchanged.

However should you have any concerns please call the number at the top of your appointment letter to speak to the department.