On Thursday 19 November, the British Medical Association (BMA) announced that junior doctors will take part in industrial action in December, following a ballot of its members.
Like other NHS hospitals we are prepared for events that can cause disruption to services. We are therefore preparing contingency plans to cover industrial action and our highest priority is to provide excellent and safe services to our patients
Across the country, junior doctors will provide only emergency care for 24 hours from 8am on Tuesday, December 1.
Peter Hill, Chief Executive at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust said: “This may be the first of several days of action during December and, while we expect some reduction to our normal services, we are advising patients that unless they are directly contacted by the hospital, they should attend their outpatient appointment as usual. We will also notify patients if we have to cancel their operation or procedure. Where any disruption to normal services is likely to occur, we apologise to patients for any inconvenience this may cause.”