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NHS strike action: 20-23 December 2023 and 3-9 January 2024

The British Medical Association (BMA) and Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA) have announced junior doctors and dental trainees will take strike action from 7am on Wednesday 20 December 2023 until 7am on Saturday 23 December 2023.



This is part of an ongoing dispute between junior doctors and government.

Junior doctors make up around half of all doctors in the NHS. Junior doctors are qualified doctors who have anywhere from up to eight years’ experience working as a hospital doctor, depending on their specialty, or up to three years in general practice.


Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has advised you should attend your appointment as planned. You will be contacted if your appointment needs to be rescheduled because of strike action.


GP practices will continue to be open during the junior doctors strike. Please continue to attend your GP and dental appointments, unless you are contacted and told otherwise.


The NHS is also asking the public to play their part by taking simple steps during strike action to look after themselves, loved ones and checking in on vulnerable family members and neighbours.


Regardless of any strike action taking place, it is really important that patients who need urgent medical care continue to come forward as normal, especially in emergency and serious life-threatening cases – when someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk.


 Anyone who needs urgent care should use NHS111 online or call NHS 111 to be assessed and directed to the right care for them. 


When someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk, you should seek emergency care in the normal way, by calling 999 or attending A&E.


For more information, especially as the strikes are taking place over the holiday period with people travelling, please click here to access NHS England's Q&A.

Further strikes in January 2024:

Further strikes are to take place from 7am on Wednesday 3 January 2024 until 7am on Tuesday 9 January 2024.


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