Strike action taking place in June 2024 | Latest news

Strike action taking place in June 2024

The British Medical Association (BMA) has confirmed that junior doctors will be taking part in strike action in the coming week. 

Junior doctors will be striking from 7am on Thursday 27th June to 7am on Tuesday 2nd July. 

The strikes are due to impact the city and county’s hospitals, mental health services, GP practices and other NHS services. 

Mark Simmonds, Deputy Medical Director at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We apologise for any disruption patients may experience during the upcoming Industrial Action. If we have not contacted you, please attend your appointment as planned. 

“Whilst strikes create significant pressure, patient safety is our highest priority, and we have well-tested plans in place to ensure we can continue to deliver urgent and emergency care to those who need it. 

“Our Emergency Department will continue to be open as normal. It is really important that patients who need urgent medical care continue to come forward, especially in emergency and life-threatening cases. If your condition is not urgent, please think carefully about whether you can seek care from other NHS services such as NHS 111, your local pharmacy or urgent treatment centres.” 

Dr Dave Briggs, Medical Director at NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, has reminded the public to think about which services they need during this action and plan ahead for the period of disruption.  

He said: “Like previous strikes, we are expecting disruption during this period. We are committed to keeping disruption to a minimum and we have measures in place to ensure the safety and welfare of our patients and our staff. However, junior doctors do a vital job, so losing this part of our workforce will inevitably have a knock-on effect and you may find there are longer waits to be seen. 

“During the industrial action we will be prioritising patients that need our services the most so if it’s not a life-threatening emergency, an urgent treatment centre can help with the most common problems people go to A&E for, such as suspected broken bones, minor head injuries or burns. If you think you need medical help right now but you're not sure what to do, NHS 111 can help. 

“The NHS is here to help you, but you can help the NHS too. Make sure you have plenty of your prescriptions available in advance of the period of disruption and consider using your local community pharmacy for minor health concerns like insect bites, sore throats and sinusitis. They can also sign post you to the right place to receive care.  

“The local NHS is doing everything it can to keep essential urgent and emergency care services running and I would like to thank the public for their continued support.” 

Due to the reduction in staff across the system, planned surgery and outpatient appointments may be affected. If you have not been contacted, please attend your appointment as planned. The NHS will contact you if your appointment needs to be rescheduled due to the strike action. 

Regardless of any strike action taking place, it is really important that patients who need urgent medical care continue to come forward as normal, especially in emergency and life-threatening cases by calling 999 or going to A&E. Where the situation is not life-threatening, alternative support is available through NHS111 online, your nearest pharmacy or at urgent treatment centres.    

Pharmacies can offer over-the-counter advice and treat common conditions including urinary tract infections, middle ear infections, skin infections including impetigo, infected eczema and infected insect bites. Find out more about services available at pharmacies

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