The British Medical Association (BMA) has announced
its junior doctors in England will be taking industrial action
beginning with a full 72-hour walkout in March.
Continuous strike action - day and night - will begin at 7am on
Monday 13 March and continue through to 7am on Thursday 16 March,
with many of our junior doctors at County Durham and Darlington NHS
Foundation Trust taking part.
On these days - and to maintain patient safety - we will
prioritise emergency treatment and patients seeking urgent
treatment will be seen. Unfortunately, this means we will have to
reschedule some routine appointments and procedures and we will be
contacting patients directly to let them know.
We appreciate that this will be frustrating, however, it is
essential that we reschedule to allow emergency care to
continue to be available. All appointments will be re-arranged as a
Trade unions representing NHS staff are in dispute with the
Government over the 2022/2023 pay award. A number of the unions
have balloted their NHS members to take part in industrial
This is the first round of action by the BMA and continuous
strike action is expected to take place on Monday 13 March to
Thursday 16 March.
The NHS wants to see a resolution as soon as possible, but
pay is a matter for the Government and the trade unions.
Anyone who needs urgent care should use NHS111 online or call
NHS 111 to be assessed and directed to the right care for
When someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at
risk, you should seek emergency care in the normal way, by calling
999 or attending A&E.
Everyone who has an appointment should attend as planned, unless
we have contacted you to reschedule. If we have not contacted you,
please attend your appointment as normal.
If your appointment has been postponed and you were due to come
into hospital using patient transport ambulance services, please
let them know.
Emergency care will continue to be available across all parts of
the country. It is really important that in emergency and
life-threatening cases - when someone is seriously ill or their
life is at risk patients continue to come forward as normal.
GP services will be running as normal on strike days. Please
continue to attend scheduled GP appointments.
We will contact you if your appointment needs to be rescheduled
due to strike action. This is likely to be a letter or phone call,
and you should be offered an alternative date for your
If we have not contacted you, please attend your appointment as
Is there anything I should do now?
No. We will contact you if your appointment needs to be
rescheduled due to strike action.
Should I cancel my appointment on the day of
No, if we have not contacted you, please attend your appointment
as planned. If you are not sure if your appointment is going ahead,
please contact the clinic / department in your letter.
How long will services be impacted?
This is a continuous 72-hour strike which means industrial
action will start on Monday 13 March and last until Thursday 16
March and last over the course of those days and nights
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
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