Industrial action update

The NHS in Somerset is working hard to keep services running and people safe during periods of planned industrial action.

The British Medical Association (BMA) and Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA) have announced junior doctors and dental trainees will take strike action from 0700 on Wednesday 3 January 2024 until 0700 on Tuesday 9 January 2024.

This is part of an ongoing dispute between junior doctors and government and is the longest consecutive strike action ever taken in the history of the NHS.

Industrial action updates from Somerset NHS Foundations Trust can be found on their website.

You can read further advice and guidance on our industrial action pages.

It is possible that non-urgent, routine appointments and procedures may be cancelled and postponed, to prioritise treatment for those most acutely unwell in community settings, GP practices and hospitals.

If you have an appointment, please attend as planned. Please don’t call the hospital to check if your appointment is going ahead. If your appointment is affected by industrial action, you will be contacted directly.

Regardless of any industrial action taking place patients who need emergency or urgent medical care should continue to come forward for the care they need, especially in emergency and life-threatening cases – when someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk.

Visit the NHS England website for more information about the strikes, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions.