Operations cancelled across the West as junior doctors strike

Hospitals are facing increased pressure on services as thousands of junior doctors go on strike across the West.

Hundreds of hospital operations and procedures have been cancelled, and patients have been urged to utilise other NHS services where possible during the 24-hour walkout.

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The figures: 400+ operations & appointments cancelled after walk out

Thousands of junior doctors have walked out across the West over disputes over new contracts. Credit: PA

More than 400 non emergency operations and appointments have been cancelled today after a walk out by the West's junior doctors.

Here are the figures ITV News have compiled of all the operations and appointments affected across the region.


elective operations cancelled
outpatient appointments cancelled


inpatient operations postponed
outpatient appointments postponed


operations postponed
outpatient appointments postponed


non-urgent procedures rescheduled


inpatient postponed
daycase procedures postponed


operations postponed
appointments postponed

The Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust and Great Western Hospitals Trust did not provide the figures for the number of operations and appointments disrupted by the junior doctors industrial action today (12 January).

Junior doctors say they're striking against the imposed changes in pay for unsocial hours, claiming it devalues the work doctors do on evenings and weekends.

The next planned strike action will be on 26 January, when again only A&E will be covered.


'The right thing to do is not to strike' says Jeremy Hunt

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is calling for junior doctors to end their strike action today (12 January).

The latest figs from NHS England say that nearly 40% of junior doctors across the country did report for work despite many others choosing to strike.

1279 inpatient and 2175 outpatient 'elective procedures' have been cancelled as a result of the industrial action.

Jeremy Hunt says striking isn't the right thing to do.

34 procedures postponed at University Hospitals Bristol

University Hospitals Bristol has confirmed they postponed 34 procedures as a result of the strike action by junior doctors.

However hospital chiefs say they their "plan is working" and they're "running all services as intended":

“As a result of our planning, we postponed 14 inpatient and 20 day case procedures. On a normal day in the middle of the week we would expect to do approximately 60 inpatient and 230 day cases.

A number of our junior doctors have exercised their right to take industrial action. However, because of our joint planning and the support from senior doctors we have been able to ensure that we have good medical cover across all our hospitals.”

– Deborah Lee, Chief Operating Officer


Picket lines gather outside region's hospitals

As the strike by junior doctors gets underway, many have turned up outside the region's biggest hospitals to mark their protest.

They say their striking against the imposed changes in pay for unsocial hours, claiming it devalues the work doctors do on evenings and weekends.

Outside the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital Credit: ITV News
The picket line gathering outside the Bristol Royal Infirmary Credit: ITV News
Junior doctors outside the Royal United Hospital in Bath Credit: ITV News

Operations postponed as junior doctors prepare to strike on 'vital issues'

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is warning patients' lives may be put at risk during the upcoming strike by junior doctors, who argue they have been forced into this by the government's refusal to listen.

The British Medical Association says the strike shows "the strength of feeling amongst the profession", about proposed changes to working conditions and pay - which doctors say will put more pressure on the NHS and damage the standard of patient care.

Hundreds of operations have been postponed across the West - as our Health Correspondent Katie Rowlett reports.

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