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June Junior Doctor's Industrial Action Useful Information

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The British Medical Association (BMA) has announced its junior doctors in England will be taking industrial action with a full 72-hour walkout in June. Continuous strike action - day and night - will begin at 7am on Wednesday 14 June and continue through to 7am on Saturday 17 June, with many of our junior doctors at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust taking part.

The Trust is well prepared to manage the impact of the junior doctor industrial action with robust plans in place.

On these days - and to maintain patient safety - we will prioritise emergency treatment and patients seeking urgent treatment will be seen. Emergency departments, critical care, resuscitation, inpatient cover and emergency surgery - will all continue to be delivered.

If there are any changes to routine appointments and procedures we will be contacting patients directly to let them know and to reschedule. Please attend appointments as planned if you are not contacted by the Trust.

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Please help us to help you and only attend A&E in serious emergencies and consider alternative services such as your GP practice, 111 online or your local pharmacy.

For everyday illnesses and injury please use the on-line symptom checker available at  www.111.nhs.uk, which will re-direct to a health professional if people need to be seen by someone. Self-care advice is available online from the NHS at  www.nhs.uk.

Your local pharmacist is an expert in medicines who can help you with minor health concerns. As qualified healthcare professionals, they can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains.

You can find your nearest open pharmacy by clicking here.

Anyone needing urgent mental health support should seek it via their local Crisis Team. People can put their postcode in  here to find their local Crisis line.

Frequently asked questions

What is happening?

Trade unions representing NHS staff are in dispute with the Government over the 2022/2023 pay award. A number of the unions have balloted their NHS members to take part in industrial action.

This strike action by the BMA is expected to take place on between 07:00 on Wednesday 14 June and 07:00 on Saturday 17 June.

The NHS wants to see a resolution as soon as possible, but pay is a matter for the Government and the trade unions.

What if I need urgent or emergency care?

Anyone who needs urgent care should use NHS111 online or call NHS 111 to be assessed and directed to the right care for them.

When someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk, you should seek emergency care in the normal way, by calling 999 or attending A&E.

What if I have an appointment on strike days?

Everyone who has an appointment should attend as planned, unless we have contacted you to reschedule. If we have not contacted you, please attend your appointment as normal.

If your appointment has been postponed and you were due to come into hospital using patient transport ambulance services, please let them know.

Will emergency care be affected on strike days?

Emergency care will continue to be available across all parts of the country. It is really important that in emergency and life-threatening cases - when someone is seriously ill or their life is at risk patients continue to come forward as normal.

Will GP services be affected on strike days?

GP services will be running as normal on strike days. Please continue to attend scheduled GP appointments.

When will I find out if my appointment is rescheduled?

We will contact you if your appointment needs to be rescheduled due to strike action. This is likely to be a letter or phone call, and you should be offered an alternative date for your appointment.

If we have not contacted you, please attend your appointment as planned.

Is there anything I should do now?

No. We will contact you if your appointment needs to be rescheduled due to strike action.

Should I cancel my appointment on the day of strikes?

No, if we have not contacted you, please attend your appointment as planned. If you are not sure if your appointment is going ahead, please contact the clinic / department in your letter.

How long will services be impacted?

This is a continuous 72-hour strike which means industrial action will start on Wednesday 14 June and last until Saturday 17 June and last over the course of those days and nights.

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