Junior doctors’ planned industrial action
5 February 2016
The British Medical Association has now informed us of three additional dates for industrial action:
- From 8am, Wednesday 9 March to 8am, Friday 11 March,
- From 8am, Wednesday 6 April to 8am, Friday 8 April,
- From 8am, Tuesday 26 April to 8am, Thursday 28 April.
The British Medical Association has given notice for junior doctors to take industrial action on 10 February.
I want to assure you that we are working hard to minimise the impact on our patients and that we have full plans in place to ensure that our patients continue to receive safe care.
If you are due to come into Torbay Hospital on these days you should continue to do so, unless you are contacted by one of our staff.
All our clinical and support staff are working together to ensure the continued delivery of safe care during this challenging time. Over the strike period, our senior doctors will need to focus their time on emergency care.
Our hospitals will be open as usual and offer normal levels of urgent and emergency care, including cancer treatment. Some less urgent appointments may need to be postponed and we will contact anyone affected directly. The majority of appointments will continue as planned on strike days and there will be minimal impact on community services. If you do not hear from us, please attend your scheduled appointment.
The present industrial action is over a national contract and in no way reflects specific concerns at Torbay Hospital. Within Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust we employ around 260 junior doctors. The term ‘junior doctor’ covers a wide range of staff. Some are just out of medical school whilst others are very skilled and experienced and applying for consultant posts, as they complete their specialist training. We greatly value the contribution these doctors make to patient care and we know that they have the interests of their patients at heart.
We recognise that anyone whose appointment is postponed will experience additional stress and inconvenience. We apologise for this and thank you for your understanding in these difficult circumstances.
Dr Rob Dyer