Peterborough City Hospital prepares for junior doctor strike action

Junior doctors  Wadah Ibrahim, Maeve Heaney, Aimee Calo, Rezwan Samad and Marie O'Riordan collecting signatures in the city centre EMN-151121-183124009

Junior doctors Wadah Ibrahim, Maeve Heaney, Aimee Calo, Rezwan Samad and Marie O'Riordan collecting signatures in the city centre EMN-151121-183124009

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Contingency plans are being drawn up at Peterborough City Hospital after junior doctors agreed to go on strike for three days in December.

The hospital is still unclear what measures it will need to introduce as it waits to find out how many of its 255 junior doctors are taking industrial action in protest over a new government contract.

The Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said it believes the picture on the service it will be able to provide will become clearer in the next few days as it prepares for the first day of action on Tuesday.

The hospital currently has 465 doctors of which 255 are junior doctors.

Ian Crich, director of workforce and organisational development at the Trust, said: “We are aware the British Medical Association has announced that members are planning to take industrial action on Tuesday, December 1.

“At the present time, the Trust does not know how many junior doctors are taking part in this action.

“Our patients’ safety is our main priority and we are committed to providing high quality of care at all times.

“We are in the process of shaping our contingency plans which will be finalised in advance.”

A couple of days after strike action was agreed junior doctors in Peterborough held an event in the city centre to speak to the public.

As the city hospital in Bretton held an open day on Saturday to celebrate its five-year anniversary, Wadah Ibrahim, Maeve Heaney, Aimee Calo, Rezwan Samad and Marie O’Riordan were braving the cold in Cathedral Square.

The strike was approved by 98 per cent of junior doctors who were balloted, with 99 per cent in favour of taking action just short of a full strike.

The industrial action is taking place from 8am on December 1 to 8am on December 2 (with junior doctors to staff emergency care), 8am to 5pm on December 8 (full strike) and 8am to 5pm on December 16 (full strike).