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​​​Planned junior doctors' industrial action 26 to 28 April 2016

Industrial Action Leaflet 26-27 April 16.pdf

From 8am on Tuesday 26 April to 8am on Thursday 28  April 2016, junior doctors across England are going on strike following the breakdown of talks between the British Medical Association and the Government over proposed changes to employment contracts.

It is clear that any form of industrial action is likely to place significant pressures on the NHS at a point when it is already facing significant demand and the effects of a full walkout will be felt far and wide by NHS providers and their patients. 

The role of NHS Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (Merton CCG) during industrial action is to support NHS providers and NHS England to ensure that the NHS as a whole continues to operate as effectively as possible. Merton CCG is not responsible for negotiating with staff or the unions or for direct communication with patients about the impact of strikes on individual services.

We are working with providers who are doing everything they can to plan for the upcoming industrial action in order to minimise disruption for patients.  

Please use services wisely

Patients in need of urgent and emergency care during the industrial action will continue to receive the treatment they need. As always, please use emergency services wisely. If appropriate, please consider alternatives to A&E such as visiting a local GP or pharmacist, calling NHS 111, or using the NHS Choices website.​

If you are feeling unwell, don't wait for it to get worse. Take action:
  • Look-up advice online at NHS Choices to choose the right services depending on your symptoms – visit this page to get ​details of additional or extended l​ocal services that you can use.
  • Take advice from your GP or pharmacist, or call 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.​
  • Visit Merton's Health Help Now website​ 

Local hospital arrangements during the industrial action

St George's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
The Trust will need to cancel and reschedule non-urgent operations and outpatient appointments. However, it will be providing the full range of emergency, intensive and maternity care in its hospitals on these days. This care will be provided by consultants from all specialities, supported by a range of medical, nursing and allied health professionals.

​If you have a scheduled appointment on 26th or 27th April and are affected by the cancellations, you will be contacted by the hospital. If you aren’t contacted, your operation or appointment will go ahead as planned. If you are unsure or have any concerns, please phone the number on your hospital letter and the relevant department will be able to advise you.​
St George's will be providing regular updates via Twitter @StGeorgesTrust

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust (Epsom and St Helier)
The Trust has confirmed that most services will be running as normal with minimal cancellations.
If you have an appointment at Epsom and St Helier on either Tuesday 26 April or Wednesday 27 April please attend as normal unless you have been contacted directly and told otherwise. If you have any concerns, please call the telephone number on your appointment letter for advice.
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.