Update on industrial action at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Date: 10/03/2023 | Category: News 2023

The British Medical Association (BMA) and Hospital Consultants & Specialist Association (HCSA) have announced that their junior doctor membership will take industrial action at NHS trusts across England, including at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (BHT) from 6.59am Monday 13 March to 6.59am Thursday 16 March.

Our number one priority is to continue to ensure the safety of our patients as well as looking after the welfare and wellbeing of our colleagues. This will mean some necessary changes to the services that we are able to provide during and potentially after the strike.

Whilst most of our services, in our hospitals, in our community sites and in people’s homes, will continue to operate, including all emergency and essential services, we have had to postpone a small number of planned outpatient appointments and elective procedures. Some appointments before and after the days of the industrial action may also be affected. All patients impacted by this will be contacted directly and rescheduled as soon as we can.

If you have not heard from us by the day of your appointment, please come to your procedure or appointment as planned.

Raghuv Bhasin, Chief Operating Officer at BHT said, “Thanks to the hard work of colleagues we have been able to maintain the majority of services during the strike period. Unfortunately to ensure continuity of our emergency services we have had to postpone a small number of planned appointments and we would like to apologise to anyone whose appointment has been postponed.

We would like to ask for the public’s support during this period of additional pressure by only coming to our Emergency Department for genuine emergencies. If you need medical advice but it’s not urgent, please contact NHS 111 who can provide advice and direct you to the best place for the care you need.”