Industrial action: important information

On this page, you will find important information about the upcoming industrial action and its potential impact.

What is the dispute?

  • Trade unions representing NHS staff are in dispute with the government over the 2022/23 pay award.
  • A number of the unions have balloted their NHS members to take part in industrial action.

When will the strikes take place and who is involved?

  • Monday 6 February
    Both ambulance (GMB and Unite) and nursing colleagues (RCN) will strike on Monday 6 February. It is expected that Unite members will walk out from midnight to midnight, with GMB members striking from 6am Monday – 6am Tuesday while RCN staff will be striking from 7.30am – 8.30pm (including those employed by NEAS).  North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust nursing staff are not taking part in this action.
  • Tuesday 7 February
    This will be second consecutive day of action from RCN nursing members, from 7.30am – 8.30pm. North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust nursing staff are not taking part in this action.
  • Friday 10 February
    Ambulance staff who are members of Unison will strike on Friday 10 February, with times of the action to be confirmed.

How will it be resolved?

  • The NHS wants to see a resolution as soon as possible, but pay is a matter for the government and the trade unions.

How will this affect North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust?

  • The ambulance strikes of Monday 6 and Friday 10 February will have an impact on our emergency department and we have robust measures in place to mitigate the impact as much as possible.

I have a hospital appointment on the strike days

  • Please attend any hospital appointment as planned. The NHS will always contact you if your appointment needs to be rescheduled for any reason.
  • If your appointment is postponed, please do not travel to a neighbouring hospital unless advised to do so by the NHS.

What if I have a medical emergency?

  • All emergency departments will remain open, including those in hospitals which are impacted by strike action.
  • If you need medical help or advice, go to NHS 111 online. If it is a life-threatening emergency, call 999.

Will my GP or pharmacy by affected by the strikes?

  • GP services are not impacted by this strike action. Please continue to attend your GP appointments, unless you are contacted and told otherwise.
  • Your local pharmacy can offer advice and support for many common ailments.

How can I help?

  • The NHS is asking patients to use services wisely during industrial action. NHS.UK has more information on when to call 999 and when to go to A&E.
  • Patients should take advice from 111 / 999 call-handlers on whether there are circumstances where it is suitable for them to make their own way to A&E.
  • The NHS is also asking the public to play their part by taking simple steps during industrial action to look after themselves, loved ones and checking in on vulnerable family members and neighbours.

Where can I get more information?

  • For more details about health services during planned industrial action please visit the NHS England website.

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