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Junior Doctors Industrial Action from 8 am Tuesday 12 January 2016

The first in a planned series of three walkouts over a new contract for junior doctors will begin on 8 am Tuesday 12 January 2016 until 8am on Wednesday 13 January 2016 this excludes emergency care. The second strike, which will also exclude emergency care, is due to start at 8 am on 26 January 2016 and last for 48 hours. The third walkout will see a full withdrawal of labour between 8 am and 5 pm on 10 February 2016. 

The action comes as a host of NHS trusts have been put on the highest alert because of increased demand.

So, what is the advice being given to patients?

1. 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 an emergency, people should call 999 or go directly to A&E.

2. GP services will be available as normal and they would encourage anyone who thinks they will need an appointment to organise this before industrial action begins.

3. 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 contact their NHS provider for information.

4. People should be particularly attentive to their 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.

Anne Rainsberry, the NHS England director overseeing preparations, said: “We have tried and tested plans to deal with a range of disruptions including industrial action. As ever, the safety and care of patients is our top priority and the NHS has robust plans in place to ensure those who need emergency treatment will continue to receive it.

“We have been working with hospitals and other NHS providers across the country to ensure we can continue to protect the safety of our patients and provide the urgent services they need. We will monitor the situation across the country to ensure these plans are in place, and are ready to respond to any significant increases in pressure in any region over the course of this dispute.”

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