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Industrial Action Wednesday 6th March 2024

Junior doctors across Northern Ireland are taking part in industrial action from 8am on Wednesday 6 March until 8am on Thursday 7 March.

There will be significant disruption to our services and any patients affected by the industrial action will be contacted directly and an alternative date will be arranged in due course. You should attend your scheduled appointment unless you have been directly contacted to advise it will be rescheduled.

Our focus will be on maintaining safe services for acutely unwell patients within our inpatient facilities and protecting urgent and emergency care. A protocol has been agreed to support in-patient and clinically critical services.

Read the Department of Health statement here.

 

 

Services impacted by Industrial Action by Junior Doctors on Wednesday 6th March 2024

 

Total number of clients/patients impacted

Outpatient appointments cancelled 790
Inpatient / Day Case procedures cancelled 64

We will update this page with further information once it’s available.


  • Industrial Action Thursday 18th January 2024

    All hospital and community services will be significantly disrupted as a result of industrial action on Thursday 18th January 2024.

    Our message to patients and service users is that you should assume your appointment is cancelled, unless you are contacted by the Trust to advise otherwise.

    There will be major disruption to switchboard from 12:01am to 11:59pm on Thursday 18th January 2024. Calls to switchboard will not be answered during these times.

    Thank you for your understanding.

     

    Disruption due to Industrial Action on Thursday 18th January 2024

    All appointments will be rescheduled for the next available slot.

     

    Total number of  service users / patients impacted

    Hospital Outpatient Cancellations 2,213
    Inpatient & Day Case Cancellations 102
    Community Services Appointments Cancelled (CAMHS, Mental Health, AHP, Community Dental, Paediatric) 271
    Radiotherapy

    • Pre-treatment scans
    • Planned treatment
     

    14

    121

    Oncology 80
    Domiciliary Care 200
    Health Visiting Service

    • Clinics cancelled
    • Service users impacted
    2

    16

    Day Centres

    • Facilities closed
    • Service users impacted
    14

    401

     

  • Industrial Action Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd September 2023

    We anticipate significant and widespread disruption across hospital and community services as a result of industrial action.

    The message to our patients and service users remains that you should attend any planned appointments unless you have been contacted by the Trust to advise otherwise.

    We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause patients, service users and families.

     

    Services impacted by Industrial Action on Thursday 21st 2023

     

    Total number of clients/patients impacted

    Outpatient appointments cancelled 1197
    Inpatient / Day Case procedures cancelled 130
    Allied Health Professional appointments cancelled 132

     

     

    Services impacted by Industrial Action on Friday 22nd September 2023

     

    Total number of clients/patients impacted

    Outpatient appointments cancelled 849
    Inpatient / Day Case procedures cancelled 78
    Allied Health Professional appointments cancelled 85

    We will continue to work with our Trade Union colleagues to try to minimise the impact that Industrial Action may have on our patients and service users.


    There will be major disruption to switchboard from 12:01am on Thursday 21st September to 11:59pm on Friday 22nd September 2023.

    Regrettably, calls to switchboard will not be answered during these times.

    Once again, we are sorry for the inconvenience we know this will cause.

  • Industrial Action Monday 3rd April 2023

    The Trust will continue to work with Trade Unions to try to minimise the impact of Industrial Action on patients and service users.

    Please note planned strike action on Monday 3 April by RCM, UNISON and NIPSA has been paused.

  • Industrial Action Friday 31st March 2023

    The Trust will continue to work with Trade Unions to try to minimise the impact of Industrial Action on patients and service users.

    Industrial Action Friday 31st March 2023

    We anticipate some disruption as a result of industrial action by members of UNISON and NIPSA.

    The message to patients and service users remains that they should attend any planned appointments unless contacted by the Trust to advise otherwise.

    We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause patients, service users and families. Any disruption will be communicated here.

     

    Services impacted by Industrial Action on Friday 31 March 2023

     

    Total number of clients/patients impacted

    Outpatient appointments cancelled 228
    Inpatient / Day Case procedures cancelled 84
    Allied Health Professional appointments cancelled 150

     


    The Vaccination Centre will be closed on Monday 3rd April due to planned industrial action. The Vaccination Centre will return to normal operating hours on Tuesday 4th April 2023.

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