Posted by Amanda Crawford at 10/02/2016 08:45:01
From 8am on Wednesday 10 February 2016, junior doctors across England are on strike for 24 hours following the breakdown of talks between the British Medical Association and the Government over proposed changes to employment contracts.
The role of NHS Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) during industrial action is to support those organisations that provide NHS care, particularly East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHUFT), and NHS England to ensure that the NHS as a whole continues to operate as effectively as possible. The 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 EKHUFT who are doing everything they can to minimise disruption for patients. However, it is unavoidable that some services will be affected including postponement of some routine operations and non-urgent outpatient appointments.
Important information for patients:
•People 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 planned operations may need to be postponed or rearranged. In all cases priority will be given to those patients with the most pressing health needs.
•Patients whose appointments and/or planned operations need to be postponed because of the industrial action have been contacted direct. If you have not been contacted, your treatment is going ahead.
•If you are feeling unwell, don’t wait for it to get worse. Take action and look at Health Help Now – www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net or available to download from the App Store and Google Play to find the right local services for common symptoms. If you don’t have access to the internet and are feeling unwell, please take advice from your pharmacist or GP, or call NHS 111.