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Industrial action update: junior doctors’ strike

Posted: 9 March 2023

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Junior doctors at our trust will participate in national industrial action for 72 hours from 7am on Monday 13 March to 7am on Thursday 16 March.

This is after members of the British Medical Association (BMA) voted in favour of strike action.

Please be assured that we are working hard to ensure disruption to services is minimised at all our hospitals; Watford General Hospital, St Albans City Hospital and Hemel Hempstead Hospital.

For information on how our services will be affected, please see below:

If you need emergency care

Regardless of any strike action taking place, it is really important that patients who need urgent medical care continue to come forward as normal, especially in emergency and life-threatening cases.

Patients needing urgent treatment will be prioritised.

However, where appropriate, please use other non-hospital services for advice and treatment during this time, such as:

If you come to our emergency department and the clinical team there thinks this is not the best service for you, you may be redirected to another service.

If you have a planned procedure

If you have surgery booked at one of our hospitals during the 72-hour strike period, you may be contacted directly to rearrange your procedure.

If we have not contacted you, please attend your appointment as planned.

If you’re concerned and feel you need to speak to someone, please contact your clinical team using the contact information on your appointment letter or our patient advise and liaison service (PALS) at or by phone on 01923 217198 (from 8am – 4pm, Monday to Friday).

If you have an outpatient appointment

If we need to rearrange any outpatient appointments on the days of the strike, we will contact you directly to let you know.

If we have not contacted you, please attend your appointment as planned.

If you are an inpatient

We will have consultant cover in place across all our sites for the duration of the strike, along with cover by nursing staff and allied health professionals.

Please note, if the strike is cancelled patients should attend as normal.


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