(For treatment side effects and complications only)
Posted 7th July 2023
The British Medical Association (BMA) has announced industrial action by junior doctors and consultants during July 2023 as part of a national pay dispute with the Government. The Society of Radiographers has also announced industrial action this month. The action will affect NHS services across England. This page explains what this means for people under the care of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.
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: There will be appropriate senior medical cover on our wards so inpatients will continue to receive expert medical 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 (111.nhs.uk) or call them on 111 if you don't have internet access:
Call 999 if it is a life-threatening emergency.