Latest industrial action at the Horton about to start


Junior doctors are taking industrial action until Wednesday

Junior doctors across the country, including those at the Horton General Hospital, will begin industrial action at 7am tomorrow (Saturday).

As a result disruption is expected to patient appointments and waiting times at Emergency Departments.

Oxford University Hospitals Trust (OUH) says they will continue to provide urgent and emergency care wherever possible, but have had to reschedule some appointments and elective (planned) inpatient and day case procedures.

Any patients affected by this will be contacted directly.   People with an appointment who haven’t been contacted should attend their procedure or appointment as planned.

Sara Randall, Chief Operating Officer at OUH, said: “As always, our priority is to keep patients safe during planned industrial action while delivering the best care possible.

“Our urgent and emergency care services are highly 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.

“It is really important that patients who need urgent medical care continue to come forward as normal, especially in emergency and life-threatening cases – when someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk.

“Our staff are working extremely hard during a very challenging time – please do treat them with respect. There are no excuses for aggressive or abusive behaviour.”

The period of industrial action will run until midnight on Wednesday.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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