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Industrial Action

To date, Unison and NIPSA have confirmed that they intend to take action short of strike.

There will be disruption to Trust services on these days.

We are working closely with the Trade Unions to protect our critical services and to minimise disruption to our patients and service users, as far as possible.

Patient and service user safety is of the utmost importance and we are doing everything we can to mitigate disruption, but it is inevitable that some services will be impacted.

Current Planned Industrial Action – January 2023

  • Monday 16 January 2023 through to Sunday 29 January 2023.
    NIPSA and UNISON will take action short of strike
  • NIPSA Members are participating in Specific Continuous Industrial (ASOS) to highlight the issue of Travel Reimbursement on: 20 January, 20 February and 20 March 2023- consisting of a 24 hour withdrawal of personal vehicles for work related use.
  • Unite the union has confirmed that its members working across the health and social care sector will be participating in an industrial campaign involving all health trade unions after they voted overwhelmingly for strike action on 26 January, February 16,17 and 23, 24.
  • UNISON has confirmed that its member working across the health and social care sector will be participating in an industrial campaign involving all health trade unions after they voted overwhelmingly for strike action on 26 January.

We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause patients, service users and families. Any disruption will be communicated here.

Thursday 26 January

Patient and service user safety is always our priority and we are working closely with Trade Unions to mitigate disruption, but it is inevitable that some services will be impacted. The Trust is in the process of re-booking appointments and procedures which have been cancelled or postponed.

Our Emergency Departments and Minor Injury Units remain open however it is expected that they will be under pressure with long waits expected. Where possible, individuals should avoid attendance unless they feel they are in need of urgent attention.

 

Children’s Services  

  • Children’s Community Nursing Service (CCN) – 12 respite visits cancelled, 1 school visit cancelled, 2 night shift respites starting later and 5 routine blood clinic appointments cancelled
  • Autism Services – 5 routine appointments cancelled
  • Speech and Language therapy – 18 appointments cancelled

Acute Services

  • 22 outpatient appointments cancelled
  • 23 surgery cancelled
  • A number of elective caesarean appointments have been rescheduled for another date
  • Laboratory staff will operate with capacity only for urgent samples.
  • Pharmacy staff will operate a bank holiday service arrangement.

Mental Health and learning Disability

  • All Learning Disability Day centres closed

Adult Community Services

    • There is disruption to services across ACS including District Nursing, Integrated Care Service (ICS) and Acute Care at Home
    • A total of 241 outpatient appointments have been cancelled, 233 are not going ahead due to reduced staffing
    • Domiciliary care provided by the Trust Home Care Service is expected to be affected. Whilst we will aim to attend our most vulnerable service users, we will not know the full impact of strike action until Thursday and we ask that you are patient as we work through this. We are appealing to families to make alternative arrangements where they can.

  • 20th December 2022

    Tuesday 20th December will be communicated here:

    • The Phone First service will not be operational however will reopen at 9am on Wednesday 21st December.
    • The Minor Injuries Service at South Tyrone Hospital is also closed however will reopen at 9am on Wednesday 21st December.
    • Outpatients – 204 outpatients appointments have been cancelled. A number of outpatients appointments have not been booked in anticipation of the strike action across our Acute, Maternity and Older People and Primary Care Divisions.
    • 28 Day cases and 9 inpatients cancelled
    • Children’s and Young People’s Services: Pre-school immunisation clinic: cancelled and 22 New routine appointments cancelled.
    • 448 appointments are also not going ahead due to services retracted to Christmas Day levels within our Older People and Primary Care division.
    • PMHC: 3 reviews and 1 urgent reviews rescheduled.

    Our Emergency Departments at Craigavon Area Hospital and Daisy Hill Hospital remain open however it is expected that they will be under pressure with long waits expected. Where possible, individuals should avoid attendance unless they feel they are in need of urgent attention.

    We are currently in the process of making direct contact with our patients and service users, who will be impacted by strike action.  If you have not been contacted please assume that your care will proceed as planned.  We sincerely regret this disruption and would ask for your patience and cooperation at this challenging time.

  • 15th December 2022
    • The Phone First service will not be operational however will reopen at 9am on Friday 16 December.
    • The Minor Injuries Service at South Tyrone Hospital is also closed however will reopen at 9am on Friday 16 December.
    • Outpatients – 183 outpatients appointments have been cancelled. A number of outpatients appointments have not been booked in anticipation of the strike action across our Acute, Maternity and Older People and Primary Care Divisions.
    • 20 Day cases and 4 inpatients cancelled
    • 317 appointments are also not going ahead due to services retracted to Christmas Day levels within our Older People and Primary Care division.
    • PMHC: 30 reviews and 3 urgent reviews rescheduled
  • 12th December 2022
    • Approximately 300 outpatient appointments have been postponed across our hospitals. Where possible, new appointments have already been allocated or will be allocated shortly.
    • 50 inpatient and day case procedures postponed across our hospitals.
    • All Older People’s Day Centres and Learning Disability Day Centres will be closed.
    • Dining Rooms and Coffee Bars will be closed to ensure patients and service user meals are prioritised.
    • We are aware that approximately 700 service users in receipt of homecare may not receive their scheduled calls, if it is delivered by the Trust’s Home Care Service.   We are asking for the help of family members and carers to assist us on Monday 12th December.  Homecare delivered by our contracted providers are not expected to be affected.
  • Current Planned Industrial Action
    • Monday 5 December to Sunday 11 December 2022
      Unison, NIPSA and GMB will take action short of strike

     

    • Monday 12 December 2022
      Unison, NIPSA and GMB will take full strike action
      Unison, NIPSA and GMB will take action short of strike

     

    • Monday 12 December to Sunday 18 December 2022
      NIPSA will take action short of strike

     

    • Thursday 15 December 2022
      RCN will take full strike action

     

    • Monday 19 December 2022
      Unison and NIPSA will take action short of strike

     

    • Tuesday 20 December 2022
      RCN will take full strike action

     

    • Tuesday 20 December to Sunday 1 January 2023
      NIPSA will take action short of strike