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Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Junior doctors' industrial action

11 January 2016

Junior doctor

Follow up statement issued 13 January 2016:

“We planned ahead to make sure we were ready for yesterday’s industrial action, and that planning paid off because our hospitals ran smoothly on the day.

“Unfortunately we had to cancel 20 operations and 171 outpatient appointments, and I apologise to all of the patients who were affected. Those patients are now at the top of the priority list to be rescheduled and we will see them as quickly as possible. We aim to book cancelled operations back in within 28 days, and many have already been rescheduled.

"I’d like to thank our staff and patients for their continued support.”

Press release issues 11 January 2016:

It has been confirmed by the British Medical Association that the next planned junior doctor industrial action will take place from 8am Tuesday 12 January 2016, to 8am Wednesday 13 January 2016 (24 hours).

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust would like to reassure our patients that we expect to provide as full a service as we possibly can during this period and that patient care and safety will be the driver behind all our decisions.

On the first day of industrial action junior doctors will provide emergency care only.

The ‘emergency care only’ model is based on whatever happens in any particular specialty, in any particular hospital on Christmas Day. Typically, if a junior doctor is scheduled to work ‘on call’ or with other ‘emergency’ duties that would take place on Christmas Day, then they will work as scheduled; otherwise they will not go into work if they choose to take industrial action.

In response to this proposed action, we have had to cancel approximately 68 outpatient appointments and 13 elective surgical cases across all of our services on all three hospital sites.

We estimate that there will be 43 junior doctors striking in total across our three sites.

We have contacted all affected patients to inform them of their cancelled appointment due to the industrial action on Tuesday 12 January 2016.  Patients have been advised that if the strike does not go ahead then they should attend their appointment as normal. If patients are unsure then they should ring the number on the top of their appointment letter. 

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust would like to reassure our patients that we expect to provide as full a service as we possibly can during this period and that patient care and safety is the driver behind all of our decisions.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust would like to assure patients and the general public that:

  • We have tried and tested plans to deal with a range of disruptions including industrial action. We are working with the NHS to ensure there are robust plans that protect the safety, welfare and service provided to patients.

  • Plans are in place across the country to deliver emergency care but in some places the NHS service may be under significant pressure. We want people to plan so they know what to do if they need medical care during the course of this industrial action.

  • Patients in need of urgent and emergency care will continue to receive the treatment they need, when they need it. However, due to increased pressures on the NHS over this period, those in less urgent need of care may experience longer waiting times than normal and some elective operations may need to be postponed or rearranged. In all cases priority will be given to those patients with the most pressing health needs.


For those who are on regular medication, have a long-term illnesses and the elderly:

  • If you are feeling unwell please do not wait, take advice from your GP or pharmacist, or contact NHS 111. 
  • If you have regular medication – please make sure you have collected your prescription from the GP and have been to the pharmacist to collect it, and have it to hand.

Page last updated: 13 January 2016