Harrogate hospital aims to ‘minimise impact’ of latest junior doctors’ strike
Last updated Feb 14, 2024

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust has said it has taken steps to “minimise” the impact of the latest junior doctors’ strike on outpatients and appointments.

It comes after the British Medical Association announced a fresh round of junior doctor strike action last Friday in an ongoing pay dispute with the government.

The strike will run from 7am on Saturday, February 24, until 11.59pm on Wednesday, February 29.

A spokesperson for the trust today told the Stray Ferret:

“In response to the announcement that junior doctors, who are members of the British Medical Association are set to undertake industrial action from 7am on Saturday 24 February until 11:59am on Wednesday 28 February, we have established a multi-professional strike planning team to develop plans to ensure essential services can be maintained on the strike days, and to minimise as much as possible any impact on our services, staff and patients.

“Patients should continue to attend appointments as planned unless contacted to reschedule. We will be re-arranging any postponed appointments as a priority. We appreciate this situation is frustrating for patients affected and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

“Nobody should put off seeking urgent or emergency care during the strike, and key services will continue to operate.”

This will be the 10th round of junior doctor strikes since March 2023. A six-day strike last month was the longest in NHS history.

We contacted the BMA to ask how many Harrogate junior doctors will be taking part in the strike, but a spokesperson said it could not disclose the information.

The Stray Ferret reported on the impact the December strike had on appointments at Harrogate hospital last month.

The trust said it was forced to cancel 166 appointments due to the walk-out.

Giving further advice to patients, the trust added:

“For people who require medical assistance and are considering visiting our Emergency Department, unless it’s a life-threatening or a severe illness or injury, we would ask that they contact NHS 111 first either by calling or going online https://111.nhs.uk/. The NHS will help them right away and if they need urgent care, the NHS can book them in to be seen quickly and safely.

“People with life-threatening or severe illnesses or injuries should continue to dial 999 and anyone who arrives at our Emergency Department without calling NHS 111 will still receive medical care, with those needing emergency treatment prioritised.”

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