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Update on industrial action at Oxford University Hospitals


This article is from Monday 13 March 2023 - the situation may change with time.

The British Medical Association (BMA) and (HCSA) have announced that their junior doctor membership will take industrial action at NHS trusts across England, including at Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) from 6.59am today, Monday 13 March, to 6.59am Thursday 16 March.

We will continue to provide urgent and emergency care but have had to reschedule some appointments and elective (planned) inpatient and daycase procedures to ensure patient safety.

To help us safely manage the impact of industrial action, some routine and non-urgent appointments and procedures, day surgery and some elective (planned) surgery across our four hospitals in Oxford and Banbury on Monday 13, Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 March have been rescheduled. Some appointments before and after the days of industrial action may also be affected. All patients impacted are being contacted directly.

If you have not heard from us by the day of your appointment, please come to your procedure or appointment as planned.

We are doing everything possible to prioritise patients with the highest clinical needs, including patients who have already waited a long time for their treatment and cancer and dialysis patients.

Emergency Departments are for genuine emergencies. If you need medical help but it's not urgent, then your local Pharmacy, Minor Injuries Unit or GP will be best-placed to help. If unsure where to get support, contact NHS 111 who can provide advice and direct you to the best place for the care you need.

Sara Randall, Chief Operating Officer at OUH, said: "We recognise and respect the right of our staff to take part in lawful industrial action, and have been working with our staff and union partners to ensure the safety of our patients, and the wellbeing of our staff.

"We have plans in place to deal with changes to our services in the event of industrial action. As always, our priority is to continue to provide safe care for our patients, and anyone with a rescheduled appointment will be rebooked in for the soonest time possible.

"Thank you for your understanding."