Junior doctors and consultants set to strike together for 72 hours

Junior doctors and hospital consultants in Lancashire and South Cumbria are set to strike at the same time over a 72-hour period.

This latest round of industrial action, which will be the most challenging yet, will see continuous strikes over three days, starting from 7am on Monday 2 October until 7am Thursday 5 October.

October will be the 11th month of the most disruptive and significant period of industrial action across the NHS in its 75-year history and staff continue to work tirelessly to provide patients with the best possible care under the circumstances.

The impact of previous industrial action has been significant with the latest action causing 19,779 inpatient and outpatient appointments to be rescheduled in the North West.

Craig Harris, chief of strategy, commissioning and integration at NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB), which organises health services for the region, said: “The NHS and unions are working closely together to ensure patient safety is prioritised during this action and have committed to ensure that emergency services remain in place with staffing levels in line with that in place on Christmas Day.

“Unions have signalled an early intention to strike so that trusts can plan their patient lists to ensure those patients with urgent, time sensitive conditions, such as patients with cancer, can be managed on alternative days and not have their treatment pathways disrupted where possible.

“As this will be an extremely difficult period of time for the NHS, we’re encouraging the public to use NHS services appropriately and to please use NHS 111 Online for all non-emergency healthcare needs.

“Those patients who need urgent medical care please continue to come forward as normal, especially in emergency and life-threatening cases when someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk.”

The NHS is working hard to prioritise resources during industrial action to protect emergency treatment, critical care, neonatal care, maternity, and trauma, and ensure we prioritise patients who have waited the longest for elective care and cancer surgery. We will only reschedule appointments and procedures where necessary and will rebook immediately, where possible.

Unfortunately, the hospital consultants and junior doctor strikes will have a significant impact on planned and routine care. The NHS will contact you if your appointment needs to be rescheduled due to strike action. If we have not contacted you, please attend your appointment as planned.

Local NHS services will be using their websites and social media channels to provide up-to-date information to the public about local service disruption – so please check before you travel.

NHS 111 Online can tell you:

  • Where to get help for your symptoms.
  • How to find general health information and advice.
  • Where to get an emergency supply of your prescribed medicine.
  • How to get a repeat prescription.
  • How to get an emergency dental appointment.

More information about when to call 999 and when to go to A&E is available via the national NHS website.

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