Consultant strike action in 20-22 July

Posted on: Monday 10 Jul 2023

You will be contacted if your appointment needs to be changed. Please continue to come forward for the care you need. 

Consultants who are part of the British Medical Association (BMA) will be undertaking 48 hours of industrial action from 7am on Thursday 20 July to 7am on Saturday 22 July. The action will affect some services provided by Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust (HDFT).

Consultants are senior doctors who not only see patients but are responsible for supervising junior doctors and other staff. Without supervision it may not be possible for some care delivered by junior doctors or other staff to take place, however we are working hard to provide appointments and/or treatment for our patients as planned.

We understand this may cause our patients and their families to worry about how services will be delivered during this period. The safety of our patients is our primary concern and we have developed plans for the proposed action and its impact on our services, patients and staff. We are working hard to prioritise resources to protect emergency treatment, critical care, neonatal care, maternity, and trauma, and ensure we prioritise patients who have waited the longest for elective care and cancer surgery.

This instance of industrial action is likely to impact on clinics and theatre sessions at the Trust, with some appointments and elective surgery needing to be cancelled.

Patients should continue to attend appointments as planned unless contacted to reschedule. We will only reschedule appointments and procedures where necessary and any postponed appointments will be re-arranged as a priority. We appreciate this situation is frustrating for patients affected and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Regardless of any strike action taking place, it is important to know that people with life-threatening or severe illnesses or injuries should continue to dial 999 and come forward as normal.

For people who require medical assistance and are considering visiting our Emergency Department, unless it’s a life-threatening or a severe illness or injury, we would ask that they contact NHS 111 first either by calling or going online The NHS will help them right away and if they need urgent care, the NHS can book them in to be seen quickly and safely.

If you attend our Emergency Department when your condition is not serious or life-threatening, you may be asked to go elsewhere to seek support or you may have a very long wait for treatment. For more information on when to go to A&E, please visit the NHS UK website.

Thank you for your understanding.