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Upcoming strike action

GIF - junior doctor strikes

Strike action is taking place across our hospitals in December and January. 

  • The British Medical Association (BMA) has announced junior doctors will strike 7am on Wednesday 20 December to 7am on Saturday 23 December 2023 and 7am on Wednesday 3 January to 7am on Tuesday 9 January 2024. 
  • Members of the multi-profession union Unite will strike between Monday 18 December 2023 and Friday 22 December 2023 and Monday 25 December 2023 and Tuesday 26 December 2023.

During the period of industrial action, we ask you to consult your pharmacist, GP or NHS111 for non-urgent healthcare conditions, and call 999 if your health need is life threatening.  

Patient safety is our number one priority, so we will be adjusting our services and the way we staff them to ensure our quality of care is not compromised. 

We will continue to provide urgent and emergency care and maternity care to people who need it. However, those in less urgent need of care may experience longer waiting times than normal. 

Prioritising patients most in need

Some appointments, including surgeries, may need to be postponed or rearranged. Priority will be given to those patients with the most pressing health needs. 

If there are changes to an appointment that you have arranged at our hospitals during the strike period, we will contact you. If you do not hear from us, please attend your appointment as normal. 

If you are pregnant and concerned about the health of yourself or your baby, please, call the helpline number listed in your notes or attend your maternity unit.

We are also working closely with partners across north east London to secure enhanced community support so patients dont have to stay in hospital unnecessarily.

What is a junior doctor?

Junior doctors make up half of the medical workforce at our trust and include doctors ranging from those who have recently finished medical school, up to doctors with 10 years' experience.

Junior doctors help our hospitals run smoothly by leading on essential parts of your care. Their roles range from ordering tests or x-rays and referring patients to other medical teams, to discharging patients from hospital and reviewing sick or deteriorating patients, but there's a lot more to the job than that.

Here’s how you can help

There are a number of ways you can help us care for people who need it most. 

  • If you’re caring for vulnerable people, such as the elderly, children and people with long-term conditions, get in touch with your GP if you have concerns about accessing medical care
  • Remember there are other healthcare options available instead of calling 999. You can visit your pharmacist or GP, call or visit NHS 111.

In the event that industrial action is called off, we will make every effort to reinstate any appointments that have been cancelled as soon as possible.

On behalf of staff and patients, we want the industrial disputes resolved as soon as possible but pay in the NHS is a matter for the Government and trade unions.

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Have a question about the strikes and how it might affect you? Read our FAQs


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  1. James Sunday, 12 March 2023 at 07:33 PM

    Very well planned. It's time to shout for our ignored rights!

  2. Ibrahim Eisa Sunday, 2 April 2023 at 09:53 AM

    Fully support their initiative.

  3. Rob Sunday, 1 October 2023 at 05:00 AM

    Why are consultants striking?

  4. Stephen Bristow Monday, 2 October 2023 at 07:36 AM

    I have a dermatologist appointment on Wednesday, during the strike. Should I rearrange?

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