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Strike 'could lead to greater disruption' in Cumbria

Junior doctors are carrying out an all-out strike. Credit: PA

A two-day strike by junior doctors "could lead to greater disruption than previous strikes", according to Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group.

Unlike during previous periods of industrial action we know that emergency cover is being withdrawn. Our Trusts have had to increase cover by increasing consultants and other NHS staff during this time.

It could lead to greater disruption for planned operations and outpatient appointments than we have seen in previous strikes.

– Dr David Rogers, Medical Director for NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group

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Poll: should junior doctors stage all-out strike?

Junior doctors are about to stage the first ever all-out strike in the history of the NHS, meaning they will walk out of accident and emergency units for the first time.

It's part of a dispute over the imposition of a new contract, which the British Medical Association says would jeopardise patient safety.

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Junior doctors on strike in Cumbria

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A number of junior doctors in Cumbria are taking part in a national 48-hour strike.

It's the latest in an ongoing row with the government over new contracts, however, the local NHS board say that very few patients will be affected.

"We have already seen our contingency plans tested by strike action by Junior Doctors. Our first priority is patient safety and we can reassure the public that all NHS organisations in Cumbria have tried and tested plans in place. “As ever, we would urge people using NHS services to ‘help us to help you’ by using the right service for your needs. A+E is for serious and life threatening injuries and conditions.”

– Dr David Rogers, NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group

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Junior doctors in 48-hour walkout

Cumberland Infirmary Credit: ITV Border

Junior doctors in Cumbria are staging a 48-hour strike from 8am today as part of a long-running contract dispute with the Government.

No operations are expected to be cancelled at Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary or the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven but NHS bosses are warning some appointments may be affected.

In South Cumbria, the NHS trust says it's already contacted patients who will be affected.

Junior doctors striking in Cumbria

Junior doctors are striking. Credit: PA

Junior Doctors in the region will be on strike today as part of a national dispute about changes in their contract.

Cumbria NHS bosses say they have plans in place to make sure patients aren't put at risk.

Dr David Rogers, Medical Director for NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group and lead for the North Cumbria System Resilience Group, said:

Our first priority is patient safety and NHS organisations in Cumbria have tried and tested contingency plans in place. We would urge everyone to ensure they use the right service for their needs.

– Dr David Rogers

They're also urging people to think carefully before going to hospital, and to use the NHS website, the 111 phone number or visit a pharmacist instead.

The amount of Junior Doctors who work in Cumbrian services are as follows:

  • 99 Royal Lancaster Infirmary (UHMBT)
  • 51 Furness General Hospital (UHMBT)
  • 20 Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust (CPFT)
  • 9 West Cumberland Hospital (NCUHT)
  • 92 Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle (NCUHT)

These figures are not necessarily the amount of Junior Doctors who are on strike, but industrial action was voted for by a considerable majority.

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