Industrial action by BMA: Information for patients about 11th-15th April

Posted 31st March 2023

Junior doctors belonging to the British Medical Association (BMA) are taking further industrial action at hospitals across England in April.

The strike is part of a national pay dispute with the Government. It will run for 96 hours from 07:00 on Tuesday 11th April 2023 until 06:59 on Saturday 15th April 2023.

What this means for our patients

We have extensive plans in place to make sure we can continue providing safe, high-quality care during the strikes. We expect to deliver services including chemotherapy and other systemic anti-cancer therapies, radiotherapy, diagnostics, inpatient care, many outpatient consultations and urgent cancer care. (We do not provide surgery.)

If you have an appointment on a strike day: You should attend your appointment as planned unless we contact you directly to say otherwise.

Inpatient care: Consultants and other senior medical staff will be working on our wards so inpatients will have appropriate medical care.

If you need urgent advice / care

Our Hotline team is available 24/7 – including strike days – on 0800 169 5555 for anyone who is currently being treated at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre or who completed treatment in the last six weeks and who needs urgent care or advice (e.g. due to treatment side-effects).

For general health advice and queries – including an online symptom checker – visit 111 online ( or call them on 111.

Call 999 if it is a life-threatening emergency