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Junior Doctors’ Industrial Action

The public are being asked to use NHS hospital services responsibly again ahead of industrial action by junior doctors planned for Wednesday (6 April).

It will be the fourth strike by junior doctors in their dispute with Government over a new contract.

The 48-hour strike will run from 8am on Wednesday 6 April to 8am on Friday 8 April. It will affect many hospital services except emergency care.

Dr Andy Phillips, Interim chief medical director, said the Trust was working with doctors not affected by the strike, nurses and other clinical staff on robust plans to ensure that appropriate care was delivered.

“Planned services our hospitals provide will be affected and we are in touch with the patients concerned, however, if you have an appointment on either Wednesday or Thursday and haven’t heard from us, we still want to see you.”

Dr Phillips added: “Patients in need of emergency hospital care will continue to receive the treatment they need when they need it. In all cases priority will be given to those patients with the most pressing health needs.

“A&E is for medical emergencies and people facing life-threatening conditions such as serious accidents, serious burns, breathing problems, heart attacks and strokes.

“Anyone who needs help in such circumstances should not hesitate in calling 999. There are other healthcare options available for less serious situations – such as visiting your pharmacist or GP, calling NHS 111 or using NHS Choices - www.nhs.uk.”