Junior Doctors and Consultants begin three days of action
This will be the longest period Junior Doctors and Consultants have both been away from the hospital together
Junior Doctors and Consultants at the Horton General Hospital began a three-day walk-out at 7am today as their long running dispute continues.
This is the second time both Junior Doctors and Consultants have been on strike at the same time, but this is the longest period that they will both be away from the hospital.
The national action is affecting hospitals across the country and Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) Trust, which runs the Horton General, says it is highly likely to have a significant impact on services.
Lisa Glynn, Director of Clinical Services at OUH, said: “We have been working with our staff and union partners to ensure the safety of our patients, and the wellbeing of our staff.
“Our urgent and emergency care services are highly likely to be affected by the upcoming industrial action in terms of waiting times, in particular our Emergency Departments at the John Radcliffe and Horton General hospitals.
“Our Emergency Department colleagues are working exceptionally hard and have to prioritise patients who genuinely need emergency, life-saving care.
“If your condition is less serious, you are likely to face a very long wait, or be asked to find help elsewhere – whether that be your local Pharmacy, Minor Injuries Unit or GP. If you don’t know where to get support, contact NHS 111 who can provide advice and direct you to the best place for the care you need.
“As always, our priority is to continue to provide safe care for our patients. Anyone with a rescheduled appointment will be rebooked to the earliest possible date.
“Finally, I would like to add that our staff are working extremely hard during a very challenging time – please do treat them with respect.”
The three-day strike action is planned to finish at 7am this Thursday.
Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam