It has been confirmed the Junior Doctor dispute remains unresolved and notice of industrial action has been served to take place on:
- 8am, Tuesday 12 January to 8am Wednesday 13 January – emergency care model
- 8am, Tuesday 26 January to 8am Thursday 28 January – emergency care model
- 8am to 5pm, Wednesday 10 February – full withdrawal of labour
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) delivers many of the NHS services that are provided outside of hospital and in the community such as physical, mental health and speciality services. Due to the nature of the services they provide they have a lower number of junior doctors than their local acute colleagues; however in response to the junior doctors decision to strike, their priority remains ensuring that any potential disruption does not put patient welfare or safety at risk.
NHFT Chief Executive Angela Hillery said:
“Patient safety and quality care is a priority for us at NHFT so we have been working closely with our Medical Director, Dr Alex O’Neill-Kerr and senior service colleagues to prepare for the coming strike activity and develop contingency plans as necessary.
“We know that there are likely to be some small disruptions to our services and clinics and we are doing all we can to ensure this is as minimal as possible. Our teams are working closely together to ensure patient safety is maintained at all times and once we know the impact of the strike activity on our services we will make sure affected patients are aware of any necessary changes.“
Any affected patients, carers or service users will be contacted; however anyone who has any general concerns can contact our PALs team 0800 917 8504 or email email@example.com.