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The British Medical Association (BMA) have announced that Junior Doctors will hold industrial action from 7am on Friday 11 August until 7am on Tuesday 15 August.
Junior Doctors are qualified doctors in clinical training. This ranges from newly qualified doctors to those with many years’ experience.
Strikes impact planned and routine care, but The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is working to prioritise resources to protect emergency treatment, critical care, neonatal care, maternity, and trauma.
Some appointments and procedures will be rescheduled, however, patients who have waited the longest for elective care and cancer surgery will prioritised. The Trust will contact those whose appointments are impacted. If not contacted, patients should attend as normal.
Anyone who needs emergency medical care should still come forward during the period of industrial action.
In order to help manage demand, the public are encouraged to use emergency services appropriately. If emergency medical care is not needed, please consider alternative services to the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre (UECC), such as NHS 111, GPs and local pharmacists.
GP practices will be open as usual during the strikes.
Mrs Susan Douglas, Deputy Medical Director at the Trust, said: “As with previous strikes, we have plans in place to maintain safe and effective care for patients.
“We urge patients to use our services wisely and only attend UECC for urgent and emergency medical care. We anticipate that patients could experience long waits in UECC during this time.
“If you don’t know where is best to seek medical advice, visit www.111.nhs.uk.
“If we have not contacted you to cancel your appointment, please attend as planned.”