South East Coast Ambulance Service has urged people to ‘think carefully’ about calling 999 during this week’s strike by junior doctors.
For the first time, the strike will include a full withdrawal of labour between the hours of 8am and 5pm tomorrow (Tuesday, April 26) and Wednesday (April 27) – 18 hours in total.
“SECAmb is asking the public to, as always, think carefully about calling 999 during this week’s planned period of industrial action by junior doctors,” said a trust spokesman.
“It is difficult to say how substantial the impact will be on our service but we have robust plans in place and will be monitoring the situation closely to ensure that we minimise the impact on patients.
“We will be looking to make best use of our clinicians in our control centres to advise patients, working with our healthcare partners in the community to delay, where appropriate, the transfer of patients to hospital and where possible seek alternative pathways such as minor injuries units as and when necessary.”
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