Junior doctors at Horton begin four days of industrial action


Some appointments and planned inpatient and day case procedures have been rescheduled

Junior doctors at the Horton General Hospital are taking industrial action today, as part of a walk-out that lasts for four days.   The action started at 7am and lasts until Tuesday at 7am.

Oxford University Hospitals Trust, which runs the Horton, says they will continue to provide urgent and emergency care, but have had to reschedule some appointments and planned inpatient and day case procedures.

All patients who are affected will have been contacted directly and those with appointments who haven’t heard anything should attend as planned.

Sara Randall, Chief Operating Officer at OUH, said: “We recognise and respect the right of our staff to take part in lawful Industrial Action, and have been working with our staff and union partners over the past months to ensure the safety of our patients, and the wellbeing of our staff.

“Our urgent and emergency care services are likely to be affected by the upcoming Industrial Action in terms of waiting times. Our Emergency Department colleagues are working exceptionally hard and have to prioritise patients who genuinely need emergency care.

“If your condition is less serious, you are likely to face a very long wait, or will 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.

“Thank you for your understanding.”

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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