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National industrial action update 09 March – British Medical Association

Planned industrial action has been announced by the British Medical Association (BMA) involving junior doctors. The action will run from 06:59 on Monday 13 March to 06:59 on Thursday 16 March.

Industrial action is a national dispute between the Government and Trades Unions about terms and conditions. We are committed to keeping patient and staff safety as our priority.


What will be different?

Please be reassured that we are all working together to care for all of our patients and their loved ones. Please be patient and kind to our staff if you are finding yourself experiencing a wait for our services. We’ve been working very closely with the unions to try and keep as many of our services running as possible, but we know our patients may be impacted as a consequence of the strike. In order to ensure we can run services as effectively as possible:

  • We will be postponing outpatient activity from Thursday 09 March to Thursday 16 March.
  • We are also making the decision to postpone the majority of planned surgery from Thursday 09 March until Thursday 16 March. This, of course, is not a decision we have taken lightly but in order to preserve life-saving care it is an action we have to take to get us through this period of action to enable us to focus on those patients who are already in our hospitals and those needing to urgent and emergency care.

We will be in touch with you directly if your appointment has been affected so we can rearrange another date.


What can I do to help?

Our Emergency Department (ED)

Please use our Emergency Department if you have a life-threatening emergency. Please be aware that our service, like the wider NHS and local health and care system, is very busy:

  • If you have a minor illness or minor injury, local GP surgeries and pharmacies are open.
  • If you have an urgent medical problem that isn’t an emergency contact 111 first by phone or online
  • The Urgent Treatment Centre at the Cumberland Centre in Devonport is open every day to treat you if you have an injury which isn’t life-threatening, but requires urgent treatment. Our Minor Injury Units at Tavistock and South Hams Hospital are also open everyday. You can find out more about our UTC and MIUs here.


Who do I speak to if I want to share a concern?

If you need help or support regarding our services, please speak to the relevant department or service in the first instance, or contact PALS for further support:

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