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Local health care organisations make contingency plans for day of industrial action

Statement by David Farnsworth, Executive Lead Nurse, Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

“Health and care organisations in Herefordshire are working together to ensure there are robust plans that protect the safety, welfare and service provided to patients, during the planned junior doctor’s industrial action on Tuesday December 1.”

“The dispute is in relation to the Government’s response to pay and terms and conditions for junior doctors. It is not a dispute with NHS Trusts as  employers.”

“We have been advised by the BMA that junior doctors have voted in favour of industrial action for three days.  This is planned to start with the provision of emergency and urgent care only for 24 hours from 8am on Tuesday December 1 to Wednesday December 2 at 8am. Further industrial action is planned from 8am until 5pm on December 8 and 16.”

“Our hospitals in Herefordshire are currently working with their senior clinical leaders in developing and refining planning, to ensure all inpatients including the delivery/maternity ward, as well as emergency and urgent admissions and emergency department are looked after safely and appropriately during any industrial action.”

“Patients 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 and therefore we urge people to use alternatives such as dialling 111 first. In all cases priority will be given to those patients with the most pressing health needs.”

“We know how important our services are to many people in Herefordshire and beyond and we apologise for any services that will be affected due to the industrial action. We hope people understand that, although this action is not due to our making, we need to ensure that people who need urgent or emergency care will get it.”

“Where these disruptions are likely to occur in local hospitals, Wye Valley NHS Trust is in the process of contacting patients to alert them.  On the day of the industrial action, Wye Valley NHS Trust will keep its website posted with details of which services are affected - www.wyevalley.nhs.uk

“People are also reminded to avoid attending the emergency department and calling 999 if it is not a true emergency and urged to use other healthcare options available for example pharmacies, GPs, walk in centre in Hereford, or NHS 111 or visit NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk).”

 “The advice for people who are on regular medication, have a long-term illnesses and the elderly, is if you are feeling unwell please do not wait, take advice from your GP or pharmacist, or contact NHS 111. If you have regular medication, please make sure you have collected your prescription from the GP and have been to the pharmacist to collect it, and have it to hand”.


Note to Editors:

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  • By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
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For further information please contact:

John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Fiona Gurney, Communications Assistant 01432 355444 ext. 5105.

Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928
Email: John.Burnett@wvt.nhs.uk

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105
Email: Amanda.Millichip@wvt.nhs.uk

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105
Email:  Fiona.gurney@wvt.nhs.uk


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