Chesterfield Royal prepared for junior doctors strike

Chesterfield Royal Hospital
Chesterfield Royal Hospital

A 24-hour walk-out is planned by junior doctors next week and officials at Chesterfield Royal Hospital say emergency and essential services will be protected.

The strikes by junior doctors in England are back on after further talks with the government broke down on Monday, January 4.

Medical director, Dr Gail Collins said: “We are protecting our Emergency Department and the critical services in our hospital, including children’s and maternity care,”

“These will not be affected by any strike action.”

The hospital is making sure there will be enough consultants and other senior doctors in the right places to provide the necessary care between the hours of 8am on Tuesday, January 12 and 8am, Wednesday January 13.

Some routine procedures and appointments will be postponed and re-arranged. Any patients this applies to will receive a letter or phone call in the next few days.

Junior doctors’ leaders are objecting to the prospect of a new contract, which would see them have an 11 per cent pay rise but the number of hours during the working week that are classed as unsociable - and therefore attract an extra payment - are being cut.

Dr Collins said: “To be prepared, we have to plan on the basis that the strike will go ahead.”

“And that means using our staff resources in the best possible way.

We’re sorry that this will inevitably cause last-minute inconvenience for some people who are due to have non-urgent surgery or a routine appointment.

We appreciate there’s double frustration if the strike is later called off (as it was at the end of November 2015) so we are doing all we can to minimise the numbers.”

A 24-hour walk-out next Tuesday could be followed by a 48-hour strike on 26 January, and a full-walk out on February 10, when emergency services will not be covered.