Planned industrial action from 7am Monday 13 March to 6.59am Thursday 16 March

Date: 10 March 2023

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The British Medical Association has announced that junior doctors (also known as post graduate doctors and clinical fellows) will be striking at NHS organisations across England, including Medway NHS Foundation Trust, from 7am on Monday 13 March to 6.59am on Thursday 16 March 2023.

We value our colleagues and respect their right to strike. While pay is a matter for Government and the trade union, we want to see a resolution as soon as possible.

We want to reassure our patients, their families and carers that our priority is to continue to provide safe care for those who need it during the strike action.

To ensure patient safety we are:

  • Rescheduling all outpatient appointments on Monday 13, Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 March, with the exception of two week wait cancer outpatient clinics. However, these clinics will be subject to review each day.
  • Continuing with all day case and inpatient elective surgeries for cancer, life or limb threatening cases. However, these will be subject to review each day.

Patients will be notified directly if their appointment or surgery needs to be rescheduled. If you do not hear from us please attend your appointment as planned.

Regardless of any strike action, our Emergency Department remains open if you or someone you care for needs urgent medical care so please do come forward, especially in emergency and life-threatening cases.

If you need medical help but it's not urgent and you’re unsure where to get support, please visit NHS 111 online, or call 111, for advice and to be directed to the best place for the care you need.

We would like to remind all patients and visitors to our site to treat our staff with kindness and respect in the run up to, during and after industrial action has taken place.

Thank you for your understanding.

  • Summary:

    We want to reassure our patients, their families and carers that our priority is to continue to provide safe care for those who need it during the strike action. More information here.