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User AvatarPosted by Hayley Smith at 12/01/2016 15:59:24

Today, Tuesday 12 January 2016, junior doctors across England are on strike following the breakdown of talks between the British Medical Association and the Government over proposed changes to employment contracts. 

Further industrial action is also planned later in January, and in February.

The role of NHS Ashford/ Canterbury and Coastal/Thanet/South Kent Coast Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) during industrial action is to assure that the health economy is mitigating the risk of the junior doctors being on strike, to minimise the disruption to patient care, those organisations that provide NHS care, particularly East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHUFT), and NHS England to ensure that the NHS as a whole continues to operate as effectively as possible.

The east Kent CCGs are not responsible for negotiating with staff or the unions or for direct communication with patients about the impact of strikes on individual services.

We are working with EKHUFT who are doing everything they can to minimise disruption for patients.  However, it is unavoidable that some services will be affected including postponement of some routine operations and non-urgent outpatient appointments.

Important information for patients:

  • Patients in need of urgent and emergency care will continue to receive the treatment they need, when they need it. However, due to increased pressures on the NHS over this period, those in less urgent need of care may experience longer waiting times than normal and some elective operations may need to be postponed or rearranged. In all cases priority will be given to those patients with the most pressing health needs.

  • Patients who have existing appointments with doctors and/or elective operations scheduled today have been contacted if their appointment needs to be rescheduled.  

  • If you are feeling unwell, don’t wait for it to get worse. Take action and look at Health Help Now – www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net or available to download from the App Store and Google Play to find the right local services for common symptoms.   

If you don’t have access to the internet and are feeling unwell please take advice from your GP or pharmacist, or call NHS 111.

Please help us to ensure that the NHS continues to operate as effectively as possible during this busy period.