Planned industrial action at GOSH

29 Mar 2023, 9:20 a.m.

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Unions have announced that industrial action will be taking place at a number of hospitals in the coming months. This may include some staff at GOSH.

We know this may be causing our patients and families to worry about planned appointments or care they are receiving in the hospital.

Our first responsibility is always to the children and families who depend on our hospital and we work very closely with unions to minimise the impact of the industrial action.

GOSH will be affected by industrial action on the following days:

The British Medical Association (BMA), which represents junior doctors and medical students, is striking for a period of 96 hours from the morning of Tuesday 11 April to Friday 14 April.

What does this mean for appointments?

If it’s necessary to reschedule or move to a virtual appointment due to industrial action, our clinical teams will contact patients as soon as possible. If you do not hear from your clinical team, please continue to attend your appointment as planned.

If you have any questions please contact your child’s clinical team or if you are unsure who to talk to, our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (Pals) can help you.

Outside the hospital

When industrial action is taking place, the main entrance of the hospital may look a little different. We expect a number of people to be outside and there may be media in attendance. The main entrance will still be in use and your access will not be blocked.

We completely respect the right of staff to take part in lawful industrial action. While pay is a matter for Government and the trade unions, our staff are valued and respected by the organisation, and we understand the importance of good pay and conditions for individuals and their families.

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