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Junior doctors’ strike prompts emergency department warning

PUBLISHED: 13:03 25 April 2016 | UPDATED: 13:03 25 April 2016

Junior doctors during a previous strike at Newham University Hospital

Junior doctors during a previous strike at Newham University Hospital

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If it’s not an emergency, don’t go to the hospital.

That’s the message from Barts Health NHS Trust, which runs Newham University Hospital, as junior doctors prepare to take part in a two-day strike.

The action, which is set to begin tomorrow, is the first to involve an all-out walkout.

Previous strikes saw junior doctors provide emergency care only.

Alistair Chesser, chief medical officer, said: “All of our emergency departments will remain open and able to treat emergencies during these two days.

“Patients who know they do not need immediate treatment are asked to discuss with their GP surgery whether they need to visit an emergency department before attending.”

Almost all outpatient appointments and procedures at the hospital in Glen Road, Plaistow, have been postponed to allow those working to prioritise those most in need of care.

The walkout is part of a long-running dispute between the British Medical Association and the government over proposed contract changes.


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