WQ91101 (e) Tabled on 07/02/2024

Will the Welsh Government be carrying out any impact assessments following junior doctors' strikes?

Answered by Minister for Health and Social Services | Answered on 13/02/2024

Junior Doctors in Wales took 72 hours strike action from 7am Monday 15 January until 7am on Thursday 18 January.

While we were be able to provide initial strike impact details on each day, confirmed and finalised information only becomes available following the industrial action period.

As this was a full walk out of Junior Doctors, health boards ensured that urgent/emergency cover was provided by consultants and SAS doctors.

There was a significant impact on elective services.  NHS Wales organisations had postponed/cancelled circa 41% of outpatients appointments.  NHS Wales organisations had postponed/cancelled 62% of operation appointments.

Over three quarters of junior doctors rostered to be in work took strike action. There were no emergency derogation requests and no reported issues from picket lines.

Finalised information regarding the impact of the strike on cover arrangements etc will be available during the week commencing 19th February, after health boards have consolidated their payroll returns.