INDUSTRIAL ACTION BY JUNIOR DOCTORS: PLANNED OPERATIONS TO GO AHEAD
The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is making plans for its services to minimise disruption to patients as much as possible during the planned Junior Doctors’ strikes on Tuesday 1 December, Tuesday 8 December and Wednesday 16 December.
This planned industrial action is a dispute in relation to the Government’s decision to impose changes to the Junior Doctors’ contract and is not an action targeted against the Trust and the Royal Berkshire Hospital and clinics, nor is it an issue that the Trust as the employer can resolve locally.
Chief Operating Officer, Mary Sherry advises that patients who have outpatient appointments or operations booked on these days should, at this stage, plan to attend.
"If we need to cancel these appointments, we will ring patients with as much notice as possible and we will rebook all lost appointments or operations.
“We will ensure that the safety and quality of the services we provide is not compromised because of any industrial action.”
Patients are asked to think carefully before attending A&E or other emergency services at this time of year and particularly whilst we are in this period of industrial action and to to seek advice from their pharmacist or see their GP or use minor injury clinics and urgent care centres close to Reading where they may be seen faster. This action will help to keep the hospital’s Emergency Department free to concentrate on those patients who our help most.
Patients with genuine emergencies should be brought to the Royal Berkshire Hospital for treatment. If patients are unsure where to go, they can call 111 for the best help and advice for which local service to use. NHS 111 is a free telephone service available 24 hours a day, every day of the week and holds full details of all local health services, operating hours, which conditions can be treated where and how to get there.