Junior doctor industrial action

Junior doctor

Strike action due to take place next week has now been called off.

A 48-hour strike had been planned from 8am on Tuesday 26 January, to 8am on Thursday 28 January.

The British Medical Association (BMA) announced action on four days after junior doctors voted to take strike action as a result of their on-going dispute with the Government over their contract and terms and conditions.

The first was on Tuesday 12 January which went ahead.
The 48-hour one next week has now been called off but the fourth, planned on Wednesday 10 February could still take place and would be a full walk out from 9am - 5pm.

This means there would be no junior doctor presence within Oxleas during this time.

The trust has put contingency plans in place to cover essential medical care provided by junior doctors. This will involve cancelling junior doctor-led clinics and ensuring that consultant and medical staff are redeployed to maintain a safe service for all our patients. Other clinical staff will continue to have medical support throughout the four days of action and there will be an enhanced consultant and medical presence on inpatient units on these days.

The BMA is very clear that its members do not wish any harm to come to patients as a result of the action and has worked with Oxleas to ensure that this is the case.

It is recognised that the dispute is a national one and both Oxleas and the BMA wish to maintain the current very good relations that exist and continue to provide safe patient care.

Published on 11th January 2016