Junior Doctors Industrial Action

9 March 2023

As you will be aware many junior doctors, across England, will be taking industrial action for 72-hours starting at 7am on Monday 13 March. All NHS Trusts across BOB and neighbouring ICSs will be affected to varying degrees together with a number of GP training practices.

  • Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Berkshire Healthcare NHS FT
  • Frimley Health NHS FT
  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT
  • Oxford Health NHS FT
  • Milton Keynes University Hospitals NHS FT
  • Royal Berkshire NHS FT

We, the Integrated Care Board, are working with partners across the NHS and care sector to mitigate against the effects of the strike, ensuring services remain safe.

We are working with our local Trusts and neighbouring ICSs to ensure mitigations are in place and any mutual aid between Trusts is facilitated and agreed in advance. Any postponed appointments or procedures resulting from the industrial action will be rebooked as soon as possible.

Our key messages to the public include:

  • The NHS wants to see a resolution as soon as possible to the strikes, but ultimately pay is a matter for the Government and the trade unions.
  • Maintaining safe patient care is our priority, however we recognise and respect the right of NHS staff to take part in lawful industrial action and will work collaboratively with staff and union partners to minimise the effects on patients and staff.
  • When talking to patients or the public, we want them to know that regardless of any action taking place, people who need care should continue to come forward as normal, especially in emergency and life-saving cases.
  • People should go to 111 online for help and advice and call 999 if it is a life-threatening emergency.
  • Patients with appointments booked on strike days will be contacted by the NHS if their appointment needs to be rescheduled. If they have not been contacted, they should attend their appointment as planned.

Steve McManus
Chief Executive

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