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September and October strikes

Sheffield Children's Hospital
19 September 2023

The British Medical Association have confirmed that there are two instances of strike action this month and in October for junior doctors and consultants. On some of the days both consultants and junior doctors will be on strike at the same time.

The Society of Radiographers have also confirmed strike dates for early October at the same time as the doctor strikes.

The dates are:


  • 19 September: consultants
  • 20 September: consultants and junior doctors
  • 21 September: junior doctors
  • 22 September: junior doctors


  • 2 October: consultants and junior doctors
  • 3 October: consultants, junior doctors and radiographers
  • 4 October: consultants, junior doctors and radiographers

We know this may be causing our patients and families to worry about planned appointments or care they are receiving in the hospital. Please be assured that emergency care will be available, and patient safety is our primary focus.

Jeff Perring, Medical Director at Sheffield Children’s, said: “We are continuing to work closely with our medical colleagues, radiographers and other services to put plans in place to make sure we maintain safe staffing levels during the industrial action.

“Families will be contacted if their appointments are impacted by the industrial action. If you haven’t been contacted, children and young people should attend appointments as usual. If anyone needs emergency care, our Emergency Department is still open and will provide care for any child or young person who needs us.

“We know the decision to strike has not been taken lightly but there has been a strong commitment on all sides to make sure industrial action is balanced with the delivery of safe care. Our first responsibility is always to the children and families who depend on Sheffield Children’s. By working together we aim to reduce the impact the action will have on babies, children, young people and their families.”

Appointments and care

Please attend appointments as usual unless contacted.

Our emergency department is open for any child or young person under the age of 16 who needs urgent care.

If you’re not sure where to go for care you can find guidance on our website

And South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Healthier Together

Further information

We completely respect the right of staff to take part in lawful industrial action. While pay is a matter for Government and the trade unions, our consultants, junior doctors and radiographers are valued and respected by the organisation, and we understand the importance of good pay and conditions for individuals and their families.

We know this is not a decision that has been taken lightly but there has been a strong commitment on all sides to make sure industrial action is balanced with the delivery of safe care.

If patients or families have further questions, please contact your clinical team. If you cannot get hold of your clinical team, please contact PALs.

We want to thank all patients and families for their patience and support during this period.

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