Planned strike by junior doctors: A message from our Chief Executive

12 March 2023

Services at Kingston Hospital will be affected during the junior doctor strikes next week from 7am on Monday 13 March – 7am on Thursday 16 March.  I would like to thank all of our local NHS, community and voluntary organisations who have reached out to support us in the run up to, and during the industrial action. This support means a lot to us.

Kingston Hospital will be open but we are postponing a large number of outpatient appointments and planned surgery so we can deploy our staff in areas including our emergency services, cancer services, the wards and maternity.

If your appointment has been postponed, we would like to apologise to you for that.

We will be working very hard to keep our emergency department running safely over the course of the industrial action, but can we ask that you think carefully before coming into our emergency department, where you may face long waits to be treated.

We fully respect our junior doctor colleagues’ right to strike and know that the decision to take action is not one that is taken without a great deal of thought, or lightly. Junior doctors are a crucial part of our workforce and they are part of the future of the NHS. My hope is that meaningful negotiations will take place, so that we can avoid future industrial action and solely focus on the job of being here to care for people when they need us.

Jo Farrar, Chief Executive

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