NHS publishes data following junior doctors strike

Data on the recent industrial action by junior doctors can be found on the NHS England website here: NHS England » Industrial action in the NHS.

Since strikes began, the cumulative total of acute inpatient and outpatient appointments rescheduled is now 1,424,269.

BMA junior doctors took action from 07:00 on Saturday 24 February to 11:59 on Wednesday 28 February. HCSA junior doctor members took action from 06:59 on Saturday 24 February until shifts starting after 07:00 on Thursday 29 February.

Last week’s latest action saw 91,048 inpatient and outpatient appointments rescheduled, and 23,760 staff were absent from work due to strikes at the peak of the action.

NHS national medical director Professor Sir Stephen Powis said: “The NHS has yet again felt the strain of industrial action this week with more than 1,000 hours of routine care now disrupted because of doctors strikes.

“NHS staff worked incredibly hard to keep patients safe and cover striking colleagues and we are extremely grateful for their huge efforts and for the time and skill that went into the planning.

“Today’s figures show the impact this is having on patients’ lives with 91,048 appointments postponed in recent days, but we know in reality this figure is likely to be far higher.

“At the same time as battling winter viruses and sustained pressures, NHS staff will also now return their focus to routine care and ensuring those patients who were meant to receive tests and treatment in recent days, do so as quickly as possible.”