RCN industrial action 8pm on Sunday 30 April to midnight on the night Monday 1 May
The RCN has announced its members will strike from 8pm on Sunday 30 April to midnight on the night Monday 1 May at NHS employers across England as part of national industrial action over NHS pay and conditions. This includes strike action at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.
What is happening?
Trade unions representing NHS staff are in dispute with the Government over pay and conditions. As part of this, members of the RCN will be taking strike action at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.
Over this strikes period, our key focus will be on providing safe care for patients who need urgent and emergency services, and those receiving inpatient care in our hospitals.
What if I have an appointment on a strike day?
Everyone who has an appointment over the strike period should attend as planned unless we have contacted you to reschedule. If we have not contacted you, please attend your appointment as normal.
If your appointment is cancelled due to the industrial action, we will contact you to rebook it as soon as possible. Please be patient with us whilst we work to recover our services – we will be in touch with you.
If your appointment has been postponed and you were due to come into hospital using patient transport ambulance services, please let them know.
Will emergency care be affected on strike days?
Our accident and emergency department will be open and emergency care will continue to be available across all parts of the country. It is really important that in emergency and life-threatening cases – when someone is seriously ill or their life is at risk - patients continue to come forward as normal.
Will maternity services be affected on the days of the strikes?
No, our maternity services will not be affected and our maternity services will be running as normal.
Will GP services be affected on strike days?
GP services will be running as normal. Please continue to attend scheduled GP appointments.
When will I find out if my appointment is rescheduled?
We will contact you if your appointment needs to be rescheduled due to strike action. This is likely to be a letter or phone call, and you will be offered an alternative date for your appointment. If we have not contacted you, please attend your appointment as planned.
Is there anything I should do now?
No. We will contact you if your appointment needs to be rescheduled due to strike action.
Should I cancel my appointment on the day of strikes?
No, if we have not contacted you, please attend your appointment as planned.
How long will services be impacted?
The industrial action will last from 8pm on Sunday 30 April to midnight on the night Monday 1 May. .
Thank you for your patience and understanding over this period.
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