BASILDON hospital has laid out its plans in the vent of strike action by junior doctors.
"Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTUH) is expecting some disruption to services after doctors-in-training voted to take industrial action.
The decision for strike action follows talks between the government and the British Medical Association (BMA) which failed to reach an agreed position on junior doctor contract reform.
Patient safety is always our absolute priority and it will be no different on these three days which will be affected in the following ways:
12 January 2016
Emergency care only between 8am on Tuesday, 12 January and 8am on Wednesday, 13 January (24 hours)
26 January 2016
Emergency care only between 8am on Tuesday, 26 January and 8am on Thursday, 28 January (48 hours)
10 February 2016
Full withdrawal of labour between 8am and 5pm on Wednesday, 10 February
We are developing detailed plans in order to manage any impact that this industrial action will have on our services with patient safety being our absolute priority.
We expect to run all emergency services for patients along with other urgent care such as cancer, cardiac, maternity and dialysis.
However there is likely to be some impact to simple inpatient elective procedures and some outpatient clinics.
If there are any changes to an appointment that you have scheduled at our hospitals on any day of action, we will contact you. If you do not hear from us, please assume your appointment remains unchanged.
We have tried and tested plans to deal with a range of disruptions including industrial action and these will come into force on the three days in question.
As always, we ask patients who are unwell to choose the most suitable service for the treatment they need, such as pharmacy or GP. Please only use our A&E in an emergency.