The British Medical Association (BMA) has announced that junior doctors in England are set to take to industrial action tomorrow (Wednesday 9 March) for 48 hours.
Junior doctors will only be providing emergency care from 8am on Wednesday 9 March until 8am on Friday 11 March.
Solent NHS Trust is working in partnership with our consultants and the British Medical Association (BMA) locally to ensure patient safety is maintained and to minimise disruption to patients, while also ensuring junior doctors are able to exercise their right to take industrial action.
Detailed planning is now underway to determine if changes to services will need to be made.
Urgent and emergency care services will be available as normal but hospitals are expected to be under additional pressure. Where possible, people should contact their GP, seek advice from their local pharmacist, call NHS111 or consult the NHS Choices website. Where it is urgent or an emergency, people should call 999 or go directly to A&E.
GP services will be available as normal and we would encourage anyone who thinks they will need an appointment to organise this before industrial action begins.
Any patients who have procedures or appointments affected by industrial action will be contacted by the providers if they need to be rearranged. Those with concerns about their procedure or appointment should check their hospital’s website for information.
People should take care of their own health over this period and look out for more vulnerable members of their families and communities. They should make maximum use NHS choices or NHS111 and local pharmacy services.