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April Junior Doctor's update

Update on industrial action by junior doctors – 26th and 27th April

The BMA has announced that junior doctors will take industrial action on 26-27th April 2016. This will involve junior doctors withdrawing all care from 0800hrs to 1700hrs.

As with the previous days of action the hospital has a robust plan to ensure the safety of patients, with the priority to ensure the smooth running of the hospital on the proposed days of action. This includes senior managers meeting on a regular basis and a support structure in place to oversee and manage the situation. There are plans to keep any changes to a minimum in order to minimise the impact on our patients. If outpatient appointments or planned surgery have to be cancelled then patients have been given as much notice as possible.

Robert Talbot, Medical Director, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said:

“As Dorset’s major emergency care centre this period of industrial action will obviously cause more pressure than the previous periods of industrial action. As a consequence we have had to rearrange around 235 outpatient appointments and 15 elective operations, for which we apologise. We can assure patients that we are working hard to see these patients as soon as possible.

 “During the previous periods of industrial action we have noticed a lessening in demand for our urgent and emergency care services during the days concerned, with a corresponding surge in demand on the days both before and afterwards.  It’s important to stress that our urgent and emergency care services will be available as usual next week, with all inpatient areas within the Trust adequately covered by senior clinicians, so if you do need these services we will be there for you.

“Our objective is to ensure that our patients are safe at all times and that with a planned and measured approach we can minimise any disruption to our services next week.”

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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