Junior Doctors Strike Impact

 

Junior doctors in England took industrial action on eight days between January and April 2016. In this Freedom of Information request we are seeking information on the impact the action had on the trusts.

1. In total how many

                           a)      operations and procedures

 

Cancelled Ops: 12th Jan 17
10th Feb 35
9th March 34
10th March 62
6th April 27
7th April 27
26th April 38
27th April 50
Total to date 329

 

                     b) outpatient appointments did the Trust postpone as a result of the action? 986 outpatient department appointments

 

2. How many of the

                    a) operations and procedures All operations and procedures were booked within the month except those where patients chose alternative dates.

                    b) outpatient appointments

                     did the Trust rearrange and carry out within one month of the postponement? This was dependent upon the capacity in each speciality.  Best endeavours were made to reschedule outpatient appointments as soon as possible after the cancellation, if there were capacity issues these were placed on a capacity queue.

3. How much did your Trust spend on extra agency/locum staff to cover absent junior doctors

                     a) On the eight strike days The Trust Medicine & Access Portfolio incurred no direct agency costs associated with the strike or the catch up.  Cover in the Surgery & Oncology Portfolio was provided by consultants who gave up their DCC/ SPA time so no additional costs were incurred.

                      b) At a later date to run ‘catch-up’ clinics related to the strike? N/A

(NB: this is about strike cover, so please don’t include agency/locum staff filling long-term vacancies)

4. How much did your Trust spend on overtime payments to nursing or medical staff to cover absent junior doctors

                       a)      On the eight strike days Zero

                       b)      At a later date to run ‘catch-up’ clinics related to the strike? Zero

(NB: this is about strike cover, so please don’t include agency/locum staff filling long-term vacancies)

5. How many ‘days of in lieu’ were accrued by staff working extra shifts

                        a) On the eight strike days Zero

                        b)      At a later date to run ‘catch-up’ clinics related to the strike? Zero

6. What was the total of other costs (e.g. admin relating to the strike) not included in 3. and 4. above? Zero

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