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National industrial action update

Last updated: 19/06/2024

From 7am on Thursday 27 June until 7 am on Tuesday 2 July, junior doctors who are members of the British Medical Association (BMA) will take part in national strike action.

This strike action will affect a number of NHS trusts, including our own University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW).

The industrial action is a national dispute between the government and trades unions about terms and conditions.

Patient safety is our top priority. We have tried and tested plans in place and are committed to keeping disruption caused by the industrial action to a minimum.


If you have an appointment during the period of strike action, please attend your appointment unless you hear from us. Please don't call to check if your appointment is going ahead. We will be in touch with patients directly if we need to rearrange your appointment.

Our emergency departments (ED)

Our urgent and emergency services are continuing to run throughout the industrial action. If you have a life-threatening emergency our emergency departments in Bristol remain open 24 hours a day, and at Weston General Hospital it remains open 14 hours a day (8am-10pm), as usual.

Please be aware, that like the wider NHS and local health and care system, all of our hospitals are really busy:

  • If you have a minor illness or minor injury, local GP surgeries and pharmacies will be open during the days of industrial action.
  • If you have an urgent medical problem that isn't an emergency and aren't sure what to do, contact NHS 111 first by phone or online – they will provide immediate medical advice and direct you to the best care for your needs.

Visiting patients

We continue to welcome and encourage family members and friends to visit patients at our hospitals during strike action.

For more information

Please visit https://bnssg.icb.nhs.uk/news/industrial-action-and-local-nhs-services/ or https://www.england.nhs.uk/long-read/information-for-the-public-on-industrial-action/ for further information about the strikes locally and nationally.