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

Posted 6th April 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).

Emergency departments in our region are expected to be very busy. For general health advice and queries – including an online symptom checker – visit 111 online ( or call them on 111 if you don't have internet access:

  • Make NHS 111 online your first port of call for all non-emergency health needs.
  • NHS 111 online offers you fast access to advice on the best options for getting care. They can also organise call backs from a trained clinician or nurse, or book you a face to face appointment in A&E or with a GP if needed.
  • It’s really important that people know where to go for advice and treatment this week, as local services are very busy: contact NHS 111 in the first instance, or try a walk-in centre, GP, or pharmacy.

Call 999 if it is a life-threatening emergency.