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Junior doctor strike action and what this means for Reading locals

Updated: Mar 13, 2023

From Monday 13th March until Thursday 16th March junior doctors, across England, will be taking industrial action for 72-hours starting at 7am.



All NHS Trusts across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West (BOB) will be affected to varying degrees together with a number of GP training practices, this includes the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.


The message from Royal Berkshire Hospital if you are a patient with a booked appointment during strike action: "If you do not hear from us, you should come in as planned.


The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust may need to reschedule some routine and non-urgent appointments and procedures on 13, 14, or 15 March and if that’s the case they will contact you directly to re-arrange your date.


Advice for locals during strike action:

Reading Borough locals who need care should continue to come forward as normal, especially in emergency and life-saving cases.

  • Call 999 if it is a life-threatening emergency; emergency departments are for medical emergencies only, to help those most in need. An emergency is if somebody is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk like: a heart attack, stroke, having difficulty breathing, or a seizure.

  • If you need medical help but it's not an emergency, please go to the Urgent Care Centre in the Broad Street Mall, Reading (RG1 7QE) which is open from 8am-8pm seven days a week.

  • If you’re not sure where to get help and support, please contact NHS 111 who will give you advice.

  • Your local Pharmacy or GP can also help with non-emergency care.

Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire West Integrated Care Board ((BOB ICB) who are a group of organisations that come together to plan and deliver health and care services for people who live and work in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire West)) have said:

"The NHS wants to see a resolution as soon as possible to the strikes, but ultimately pay is a matter for the Government and the trade unions.
Maintaining safe patient care is our priority, however we recognise and respect the right of NHS staff to take part in lawful industrial action and will work collaboratively with staff and union partners to minimise the effects on patients and staff. "

"We recognise and respect the democratic right of our staff to take part in lawful industrial action. We are working with them and the BMA to minimise the impact on patients, visitors, and staff. Thank you for your understanding."

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