Upcoming Junior Doctor industrial action: information for the public

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is urging anyone who needs emergency medical care to still come forward during the upcoming industrial action being taken by Junior Doctors.

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Across the country, Junior Doctors are due to hold action from 7am on Tuesday 11 April until 7am on Saturday 15 April. The strike action immediately follows the four-day Easter bank holiday, a period which is usually very busy for emergency departments.

Junior Doctors are qualified doctors in clinical training. This ranges from newly qualified to those with many years’ experience.

Plans are in place to ensure patients continue to receive safe and effective care and, whilst some services will be impacted, patients with planned appointments should attend as normal unless contacted directly by the Trust.
Dr Jo Beahan, Medical Director at the Trust, said: “Patient safety is our top priority and we are working hard to ensure we have robust plans in place to support our wards and departments. 

“Throughout the strike our services will remain open for those that need our help. Anyone who needs urgent medical attention should continue to attend our Urgent and Emergency Care Centre. 

“Any patients whose appointments need to be rearranged will be contacted directly. If we do not contact you, please attend your appointment as planned.

“While our services do remain open, we expect this to be a very busy period and ask people to use emergency services appropriately. The Urgent and Emergency Care Centre is for those in need of urgent medical care. If anyone is unsure of the best place for them to receive advice, visit www.111.nhs.uk.”